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Strengthening Our Japanese Alliance

Why the United States should sell the F-22 to its most important Asian ally.

11:00 PM, Jan 7, 2009 • By DAN BLUMENTHAL
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The time has come to stop talking about the need for a favorable balance of power in Asia, and to begin to act. Exporting the F-22 to Japan makes sound strategic and military sense. President-elect Obama could improve alliance relations, further America's Asia-Pacific defense policy, and create good jobs at home. Once alliance relations are righted, the United States and its allies can continue to engage China on issues of common interest from a position of strength.

Dan Blumenthal is a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute.