While I agree with a lot of what you say, I still believe that a strong and credible defence posture is essential for any country ( especially a small country such as Jordan, and indeed Lebanon ) to safeguard and defend its independence and sovereignty. I still remember the days when some people and politicians used to say that the "strength of Lebanon lies in its weakness " (sic). Of course we can all look back now and see where that foolish policy led the country.
Any nation, in my opinion has to have the means to defend itself. And in order to achieve that in the face of the multitude of threats we face these days , that nation must have a wide spectrum of capabilities stretching from the high end of the scale, down to the lower levels of low intensity warfare.
The F-16s might not be very useful against a bunch of Islamist terrorists, I agree, but they would be very important indeed in deterring whichever regional power which might be trying to exploit their activities and destabilize the country to its own advantage.
You are absolutely right about Jordan not having to fight Israel ( and thank God for that ) anytime in the forseeable future, and hopefully never again. But, unfortunately, that is not the end of the story, and in our part of the world, it never is. The threats remain, at all levels, and while some PC
-9s or Super Tucanos armed for COIN duties are always a great idea, probably augmented by a few Cobras or Apaches, it remains vital, in my view. to have a more credible deterrence capability, against potential external threats which will always be there.
My friend, let us remember the experience and lessons of 1970-71, when thanks to the superior training, motivation and professionalism of the Jordanian Army and the RJAF, the country was saved from a fate which would have been very similar to that which plagued Lebanon a few years later.
One thing which I and many others always admired about Jordan and its armed forces is how you always managed to use your meagre resources to the best possible effect, turning your armed forces, and your air force in particular into the envy of many in the region with vastly bigger resources in money and manpower.
I pray to God that you keep that hnourable tradition, and I just hope that one day, the Lebanese would follow your example and unite to defend their country as resolutely as you do.
Enjoy your Fighting Falcons and use tham well. You have every right to be proud of them and the brave men and women who operate them.