Why is the high-altitude capability of the U-2 necessary in this case? Is it not possible to use aircraft from more normal altitudes on these missions or is it feared that Iraq would try to shoot down one of these UN recon planes?
Why is it not possible to use the US Army Beech C-12 variants, or EH
-60, or a Navy pod-equipped F-14, or any of the highy-touted UAVS?
Or, to hammer home a point I have brought up here before, why not use one of the pod-equipped USAF
F-16s? The latter does exist, doesn't it? Someone quick, show me a photo of one in current operational service!!!