America's most sophisticated stealth jet fighters have been quietly deployed to an allied base less than 200 miles from Iran's mainland, according to
an industry report, but the Air Force adamantly denied the jets' presence is a threat to the Middle East nation.
Air Force spokesperson Lt. Col. John Dorrian would not confirm the exact location of the F-22s, but told
ABC News they had been deployed to a base in Southwest Asia -- a region that includes the UAE. Dorrian also stressed that the F-22s were simply taking part in a scheduled deployment and are
"not a threat to Iran."
"This is a very normal deployment to strengthen military relationships, promote sovereign and regional
security, improve combined tactical air operations and enhance interoperability of forces," Dorrian said.
Of course, this doesn't mean they would be used in a strike against Iran. But it is interesting that the US now has the capability to
attack Iran if we choose. Two carriers in the Gulf and Indian Ocean as well as a few thousand troops in Israel, and the F-22's all point to the US having the capability to carry out an
Obama probably won't do it, but can the Iranians be sure? Evidently, there is value in bluffing the
Iranians at this point.