Though i am in favor or the Super Hornet to win the MRCA, and also hoped that geo political consideration with US preeminence in our region taken into account would have resulted in the GoI choosing the US birds for the MRCA. That said, I am also now thinking that this could also be viewed as a foreign policy disaster as a whole which can be confirmed by the immediate resignation of the US ambassador to India after the announcement of the MRCA shortlist. Ever since Obama came to power, the first year at least was a disaster for Indo US relations. The US was embroiled in AfPak and Obama had ideas of sharing the world with the Chinese at the expense of all its major allies. Desperate to get out from Af Pak, the US started showering aid like never before and also started the strategic dialog with Pak to discuss how it could shower even more aid and weapons on Pak including the F-16s which is the primary nuclear weapons delivery platform of Pakistan whose use has been threatened more than once by Pakistan against India. The lack of enthusiasm to support Indian effort in Afghanistan and US intentions of starting back channel deals with Taliban a protege of the ISI would also be in the Indian mind. End user agreements, CISMOA and host of other agreements were not sorted out even though we have given enough orders to the US in the last 3-4 years for very hi tech weapons systems. Apart from that the initial cozying up with China at the expense of Indian concerns was a short sighted policy which the US soon realised. But the damage was done. By rejecting the US planes which was supposed to be a foregone conclusion considering the effort put in by the US including its president, India might have also shown its displeasure at the US ways. Though all of this could be in the realm of speculation and it may not be the case as India has said that the consideration in going for the MRCA is purely technical, but still there is more than enough instance that India can use to show why the SH for the Falcon will not be flying in the Indian skies.