Why is the US Air Force sending F-22 Raptors to the Middle East?

F-22 Raptor fly with F-35 and F/A-18
F-22 Raptor fly with F-35 and F/A-18

The Pentagon and White House have escalated the number of strikes in the UAE-Houthi battle. In a surprise action, the Air Force deployed F-22 Raptors. Also appearing is USS Cole. 2,000 American soldiers are in Abu Dhabi to detonate Hussi. The F-22 will kill any Houthi drones that assault Americans. Is the F-22's deployment a show of force?

Americans are threatened

The F-22 appears to be protecting Americans in the United Arab Emirates, where Patriot air defense fighters are already protecting against Houthi missiles launched two weeks ago. During the Houth rocket attack, American workers were forced to flee the bunkers.

Congress' role

Donal Trump
Donal Trump

A War Powers Resolution requires Biden to notify Congress of the F-22 Squadron's deployment within 48 hours of sending combat troops into war zones. These military properties can't be damaged for more than 60 days without the Military Congress of Power's permission. Congress may ban military broadcasts.In 2018, the Senate voted to end U.S. involvement in the Yemeni conflict, criticizing Trump's policy. 56:41 voted to end US involvement in Hussein's battles. Bernie Sanders led the Democrats, and Mike Lee defeated the Republicans. It's symbolic because the House and Trump must approve it.

Attack or defense?

F-22 Raptor
F-22 Raptor

The F-22 in the United Arab Emirates could take further action on the powers of the House of Representatives and Senate resolutions. It is difficult to regard the F-22 as just a defensive commitment that Congress will not ignore. The F-22 is a fighter-bomber configured for offensive operations. However, F-22s can play a role in intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance and send this data to command and control centers in Saudi Arabia, such as the UAE. A stealth fighter can also defend against Houth's drones. Will Congress allow these activities to take place in a war zone that is not subject to the Power of War Resolution?

This is not the first time the F-22 has seen combat in the Middle East. In 2018, F-22s of the 94th Fighter Squadron of the Langley-Eustis Joint Base made 590 flights and dropped 4,250 pounds of ammunition on Syria. Many military needs exist around the world.

There is a lot at the White House and Congress today when it comes to international security. The crisis in Russia-Ukraine is looking for solutions, and Chinese plans for Taiwan need to be considered. ISIS also continues to operate in the Middle East and Africa. The Houthi conflict contributes to this toxic beer.

Another way to look at this situation is that the US military trusts the F-22 as a multi-role fighter. This is a positive development for the future of the F-22. It also turned out that the aircraft can be immediately deployed in hotspots around the world, as defense planners and designers originally thought.

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