Skip to comments.Egypt to Receive F-16s
Posted on 01/22/2013 1:50:35 PM PST by upchuck
The State Department has refused to cancel or delay the delivery of several American-made F-16 fighter jets to Egypt, claiming that the arms deal serves Americas regional security interests, according to an official State Department document obtained by the Free Beacon.
The news that the Obama administration would uphold an aid package to Egypt that included the military hardware prompted concern on Capitol Hill from lawmakers who said the deal was not prudent given the political situation in Egypt, where Muslim Brotherhood-backed President Mohammed Morsi has clashed with democratic protestors.
Sixteen F-16s and 200 Abrams tanks are to be given to the Egyptian government before the end of the year under a foreign aid deal signed in 2010 with then-Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, Fox News reported Tuesday.
The State Department maintained in a January 8 letter to Sen. James Inhofe (R., Okla.) that the arming of Egypts Muslim Brotherhood serves the U.S.s regional security interests.
Delaying or cancelling deliveries of the F-16 aircraft would undermine our efforts to address our regional security interests through a more capable Egyptian military and send a damaging and lasting signal to Egypts civilian and military leadership as we work toward a democratic transition in the key Middle Eastern State, the State Department said.
Egypt is a strategic partner with whom we have a long history of close political-military relations that have benefited U.S. interest, said the letter, which was authored by assistant secretary for legislative affairs David Adams. For the past 30 years the F-16 aircraft has been a key component of the relationship between the United States military and the Egyptian Armed Forces.
Maintaining this relationship and assisting with the professionalization and the building of the Egyptian Armed Forces capabilities to secure its borders is one of our key interests in the region, Adams wrote.
Egypt continues to play an important role in the regional peace and stability, according to the letter. In all of our engagements with President Morsi and his staff, they have reaffirmed Egypts commitment to its international agreements, including its peace treaty with Israel.
Egypt was instrumental in negotiating the Gaza ceasefire, and continues to work with the parties involved to implement it and secure a more lasting peace, the letter states.
Morsi was recently criticized for calling Jews the descendants of apes and pigs.
Observers on Capitol Hill said that it is dangerous to arm an unstable Islamist regime.
One senior GOP aide familiar with the deal said he is incredulous that a country that doesnt have peace and stability within itself is playing an important role in regional peace and stability as this letter claims.
Somebody speaking sense about this. Why would the US give military equipment, of any kind, to a bunch of terrorists who have vowed to destroy our country?
Because they are Obama’s brothers.
More treasonous acts.
Arming ours and Israel’s enemy with weapons that will be used against us and them. Bizarro World again.
Another Fast & Furious.
It’s clear whose side Obama and his thug administration is on, it’s not Israel or even our own.
upchuck (from the article): “Delaying or cancelling deliveries of the F-16 aircraft would undermine our efforts to address our regional security interests through a more capable Egyptian military and send a damaging and lasting signal to Egypts civilian and military leadership as we work toward a democratic transition in the key Middle Eastern State, the State Department said. “
They have to defend their eastern border from the “Fast and Furious” Benghazi rebels that the State Dept. funded and armed .
Oh , Benghazi is to the West ?
Then why are they being depolyed on the Eastern border ?
Oh Right .. The Jooos !
Silly State Department !
Fast and Furious with F-16s! 0bama is making sure his muzzie bros have advanced weapons to attack us!
Way to go there, Bronco Bama. Reward the enemies of Israel, in the hopes that this time, the jihadists might win.
Kicking the hornets’ nest comes with its own set of rewards.
For the jihadists, doing the same thing, over and over again, is a sign of something. A) They are extremely slow learners, B) they are bat-guano crazy, or C) both A & B.
This technology will go directly to al Qaeda
as Obama and State Dept want.
There is a word for that.
They will make nice craters in the desert.
For those of you who don’t already know, Egypt has been building M1 Abrams with our help since 1984:
Egypt has also had F16s in it’s inventory since the mid 1980’s
God to Abraham, father of Israel.
3 I will bless those who bless you,
And I will curse him who curses you;
And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed
These weapons are intended to and will be used aginst Israel.
Send over some nukes, too.
Israel soon to shoot down F-16s...
by Obama proxies.
That way he and America avoid being directly blamed, even though America funded it.
He has the whole muslim world laughing at the stupid, infidel, Americans now.
I can assure you that whatever happens to Israel happens to western man...Europe and America, and not necessarily in that order.
Why can’t the house refuse to pay for the planes and tanks? They have the purse strings. Oh that’s right, Boehner is the Speaker, what was I thinking....
Isn’t it inspiring to know how we are helping Israel’s FRIENDS and bosom buddies...”The (m)uslim Brotherhood”
It certainly doesn’t take an astrophysicist to figure out what (i)slams ultimate goal is and this is to wipe Israel off the map and we provide them with the tools to do it with. So far stupidity is resilient and has proven to be incurable. Slowly but surely, Armageddon is in the making,