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HonestChieffan 12-11-2012 09:40 AM

US to Arm Egypt.
 
With the Muslim Brotherhood in charge, is this at all wise?


The US will supply Egypt with 20 F-16 fighter jets as part of a billion dollar aid package, FoxNews reported. The first four jets will be delivered on January 22, after undergoing examinations in Fort Worth, Texas.

The deal was signed in 2010 during the reign of Hosni Mubarak. But given the political instability sweeping the country, some have begun to wonder whether it is wise to donate fighter jets to an already 200 strong air force fleet.

Quoting Malou Innocent, a foreign policy expert, FoxNews said: “Should an overreaction (by Egypt) spiral into a broader conflict between Egypt and Israel, such a scenario would put US officials in an embarrassing position of having supplied massive amounts of military hardware … to both belligerents.” The report added that: “Given Washington’s fiscal woes, American taxpayers should no longer be Egypt’s major arms supplier.”

Republican Congresswomen Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, chairwomen of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, criticized the military aid to Egypt. “The Obama administration wants to simply throw money at an Egyptian government that the president cannot even clearly state is an ally of the United States,” she said.

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7...318289,00.html

Brock 12-11-2012 09:42 AM

Nobody seems to mind when we sell arms to our "pals" the Saudis.

ROYC75 12-11-2012 10:19 AM

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Originally Posted by Brock (Post 9199537)
Nobody seems to mind when we sell arms to our "pals" the Saudis.

Is Morsi really our pal after he pulled his shit a few weeks ago ?

Dayze 12-11-2012 10:21 AM

tax and spend baby!

AndChiefs 12-11-2012 10:27 AM

Why are we giving anyone planes?

Discuss Thrower 12-11-2012 10:32 AM

Milo Minderbinder would be so proud.

loochy 12-11-2012 10:33 AM

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Originally Posted by AndChiefs (Post 9199660)
Why are we giving anyone planes?

not giving....it's FMS

edit: nevermind, WTF!? We ARE giving them planes.

Oh well, they can use those planes against another country in about 10 years and we'll have an excuse to invade, just like Iraq.

Bowser 12-11-2012 11:39 AM

Honest question -

Who DOESN'T get their arms from the US?

jiveturkey 12-11-2012 12:02 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Bowser (Post 9199819)
Honest question -

Who DOESN'T get their arms from the US?

Syria and Iran

Direckshun 12-11-2012 12:28 PM

Pretty sure we've been arming them for decades.

mnchiefsguy 12-11-2012 12:57 PM

Cut the aid to Egypt as part of the fiscal cliff negotiations. Sounds like a winning move to me.

Easy 6 12-11-2012 01:01 PM

Reeeally not sure how wise this is... but it seems to be an attempt to keep our ties with their military -the real power in that country- strong.

Amnorix 12-11-2012 01:08 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by scott free (Post 9200000)
Reeeally not sure how wise this is... but it seems to be an attempt to keep our ties with their military -the real power in that country- strong.


Fair point that. It's rare I root for military coups, but...

Easy 6 12-11-2012 01:11 PM

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Originally Posted by Amnorix (Post 9200011)
Fair point that. It's rare I root for military coups, but...

Its a chit they hope to call in one day.

But yeah, i certainly wouldnt mind seeing them squash "the brotherhood".

Rain Man 12-11-2012 02:34 PM

I always kind of figure that every piece of military hardware we sell or give away comes installed with stealthy 'kill chips' that turn it into a big rock at a very inconvenient time for its new owners.


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