2) Those who oppose Morsi
That’s ok! There will be just more TARGETS for the IAF. It NOT the equipment(F-16, F-15 MiG-29/31, SU 27). It’s the TRAINING!
Better news - there’s no one left in the country smart enough to operate a stapler.
The jets will be yard ornaments almost immediately!
What one word most describes aiding and abetting the enemy?
Are they crazy? I bet this is also part of some kind of free aid program because Egypt has no money to buy these kinds of expensive weapons.
I’m sure Israel will enjoy the target practice.
GIVING THEM AWAY?
Sure give away our military assets to an Islamic-Muslim-Brotherhood dictator, to be used either to murder Israelis (our allies) or "rebels" (innocent civilians).
Wonder if these are the same F-16's that the Republic of Taiwan begged us to SELL to them?
The F 16 platform is nearly 40 years old, and obviously very successful.
But you have to have a capable pilot in the plane to optimize the plane’s performance.
How do you think an Egyptian pilot in an F 16 is going to do against an Israeli pilot in an Israel-upgraded F 16?
This type of thing has less to do with foreign policy than keeping defense contractors and workers happy, lobbying, donating to candidates, and voting for more spending. There is some benefit to security, in that foreign officers are often trained in the US, US technicians are stationed abroad to keep the planes flying, etc. This brings opportunities for influence, suborning intel assets, etc. Also keeps others from filling up the space. Whether the potential benefits are ever worth the real costs is doubtful, but almost impossible to ascertain.
One of many reasons that recent attempts at “stimulating” the US economy have failed is that such a large portion of our economy depends “normally” upon unnecessary government and defense spending, including politically obsolete foreign arms transfers. Keynes meant for stimulus spending to be a special circumstance, not the norm.
And didn’t I read on a thread that the Coptic Church (some are Catholic and some are orthodox) was asking that Egypt be opposed?
Why are these planes going to Egypt?
Obama’s F-16 Delivery Could Help Egypt Destroy Israel
Posted 12/11/2012 06:30 PM ET
Mideast: Why is the U.S. sending 20 advanced fighter jets to an Egypt that’s now the giant question mark of the Middle East? President Obama is appeasing jihadists and possibly signing Israel’s death warrant.