Um, so was the F-22 (TVC, huge lift area, huge control [Link pending approval]).
Ask any of the F-16 drivers on this forum who've gone up against it in BFM.
I think your mis-representing what I said. Clearly, as you mentioned, the F-22 has some features designed in to increase it lethality in WVR combat. However, I was arguing the main design focus of the F-22 was to secure its dominance it BVR. All that money on RCS reduction doesn't do the aircraft much good in a dogfight. (Though a reduced IR signature surely does)