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.