Wond’ring Aloud

Can anyone explain to me why the United States is giving Egypt two hundred tanks and sixteen F-16s?

The answer should not be that “we signed an agreement that we are now honoring”. We signed that agreement with Hosni Mubarak, a man we could rely on to maintain a stable peace with our principal ally in the region, Israel.

Since then, we have assisted in Mr. Mubarak’s overthrow and subsequent replacement by an Islamist regime whose leader has made very clear that his sentiments are entirely different. Any weapons that we provide to the new Egypt will be used to oppose U.S. interests in the region, not to advance them.

So can somebody explain to me, then, why on earth we’d want to do this? I’m sorry to be so dense.

Related content from Sphere


  1. Bill says

    Perhaps our appeaser-in-chief, correction, our boot-licker-in-chief thinks he can buy some friendship.

    Posted January 23, 2013 at 8:58 am | Permalink
  2. JK says

    Just background.

    Looks like the request for the tanks was made July 8, 2011. Looks to include spares, replacement spares, armaments spares, maintenence, support equipment, special tool and test equipment, personnel training, technical documents, US government and contractor engineering and logistics support services.

    I’ve just looked into the “requests for transfers & sales.”

    Not saying it didn’t (or did) happen – just can’t find if there was any Congressional oversight. Post Mubarak anyway.

    Posted January 23, 2013 at 12:34 pm | Permalink
  3. “So can somebody explain to me, then, why on earth we’d want to do this?”

    Obama has already explained: “Israel doesn’t know what its best interests are.”

    Posted January 23, 2013 at 1:59 pm | Permalink
  4. Malcolm says

    Post-Mubarak? WTF? That’s a very interesting fact. Tantawi, then.

    Thanks for digging that up. Going to have to think about that little.

    Posted January 23, 2013 at 4:26 pm | Permalink