US To Send 20 More F-16s To Egypt – Here’s a Foreign Aid Package That Isn’t Such A Good Idea

December 11, 2012 3:27 pmViews: 668


Despite the incredibly tense situation in Egypt and the fact that it has a new government headed by Mohamed Morsi, a member of the radical Muslim Brotherhood, the United States is still going to send 20 more F-16 advanced fighters to their military. While Egypt already has 200 F-16s, this latest round of the aircraft fulfills an order placed some 2 years ago.

I don't know about you, but I'm not sure we still have any obligation to complete that order because of a change in government, a complete change in military leadership and a new constitution for Egypt. There isn't anything left in the largest middle east nation that obliges us to complete our contract I would imagine, so why are we choosing to do so when radical Islamic extremists in the Muslim Brotherhood now rule that nation? If the Obama administration wanted to, in light of instability in Egypt, they could delay or cancel this shipment of F-16s, so why won't they?

What's even more alarming is that these 20 new fighters are being sent to Egypt at the expense of the American taxpayer. Don't you just love foreign aid?

Read more about the US sending free F-16s to Egypt at Fox News:

Instability in Egypt, where a newly-elected Islamic government teeters over an angry population, isn't enough to stop the U.S. from sending more than 20 F-16 fighter jets, as part of a $1 billion foreign aid package.

The first four jets are to be delivered to Egypt beginning Jan. 22, a source at the naval air base in Fort Worth, where the planes have been undergoing testing, told FoxNews.com. The North African nation already has a fleet of more than 200 of the planes and the latest shipment merely fulfills an order placed two years ago. But given the uncertainty in Cairo, some critics wonder if it is wise to be sending more top gun planes.

“Should an overreaction [by Egypt] spiral into a broader conflict between Egypt and Israel, such a scenario would put U.S. officials in an embarrassing position of having supplied massive amounts of military hardware … to both belligerents,” said Malou Innocent, a foreign policy analyst at the Cato Institute. “Given Washington's fiscal woes, American taxpayers should no longer be Egypt’s major arms supplier.”

The U.S. government ordered and paid for the fighter jets for Egypt's military as part of foreign aid for Egypt back in 2010, when Hosni Mubarak ruled. The fighter jets were supposed to be delivered in 2013, and delivery will go ahead as scheduled even though Hosni Mubarak has been removed from power and replaced by Mohamed Morsi, who led the Muslim Brotherhood before becoming Egypt's president.

Morsi was democratically elected, but last month attempted to seize dictatorial powers for himself. After widespread protests and violence in Egypt's capital of Cairo, Morsi backed off from his power grab. But he is pushing through a controversial new constitution for Egypt that would more strictly enforce Islamic Shariah law, and only recently said he reserves the right to have the military arrest protesters without charges.

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