How safe does it make you feel that some of our most prized military hardware will be going to a country now run by the radical Muslim Brotherhood? Despite Egypt's new President Mohammed Morsi recently being criticized for calling Jews the â€œdescendants of apes and pigsâ€ and killing Coptic Christians in his country, apparently President Obama doesn't think that is serious enough to stop the giving away (this is foreign aid, they are not paying for them) of 16 F-16s and 200 Abrams tanks.
This deal was made back in 2010 when Hosni Mubarak was President of Egypt and there was relative calm in that nation and they were one of our strongest allies in the Middle East. However, much has changed in the 3 years since striking the deal and many critics of this foreign aid package say that we have no obligation to give away our military hardware, that could conceivably be used against Israel, to a government we never made a deal with.
Of course, we here at IsThatBaloney.com couldn't agree more with those criticizing the Obama administration for this deal. We have no obligation, in fact it is even foolish beyond all measure to give away fighter jets and heavy tanks to a regime that has yet to prove itself in running a peaceful country and acting accordingly.
Read more on this story below from The Washington Free Beacon:
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 Americaâ€™s â€œregional security interests,â€ 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.
â€œSixteen 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,â€ Fox News reported Tuesday.
The State Department maintained in a January 8 letter to Sen. James Inhofe (R., Okla.) that the arming of Egyptâ€™s Muslim Brotherhood serves the U.S.â€™s â€œregional security interests.â€
â€œDelaying 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 Egyptâ€™s civilian and military leadership as we work toward a democratic transition in the key Middle Eastern State,â€ the State Department said.