US plans to deliver fighter jets to Egypt
A US Air Force F-16.
July 11th, 2013
09:06 AM ET

US plans to deliver fighter jets to Egypt

By Barbara Starr

The Obama administration tentatively plans to deliver four F-16 aircraft to Egypt, but is reviewing all U.S. military aid arrangements, according to a Pentagon official.

The planes were scheduled to be shipped by the end of August, but the delivery could be made more complicated if there is no Egyptian military plan to transition to civilian rule and the United States were compelled to formally declare a military coup had taken place, the official said.

If that declaration were made, it most likely would result in aid being halted. The official declined to be identified because of the sensitive nature of the information.

Opinion: U.S. must not fail Egypt

Until Thursday, all indications had been that the deliveries would go through as part of a $1.3 billion 2010 military aid package that called for 20 F-16s and Abrams tank parts to be sent to Egypt. A second Pentagon official had previously said the deliveries "were on track."

But at the behest of the White House, the Pentagon is now sounding a more cautious note.

"Given the events of last week, the president has directed relevant departments and agencies to review our assistance to the government of Egypt," the Defense Department said in a written statement.

Why Americans should care about Egypt

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    August 10, 2013 at 4:22 am | Reply
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    我叫劉峻成,感謝您安排我到博愛職訓中心接受職訓,也跟您說聲新年快樂博愛職訓的每位老師都也很照顧我們殘障人士,而我參加的職訓課程是『創意皮件商品設計班』2012年第25期學員訓練師則是方義豐老師,在訓練的這9個月裡方老師的訓練方式有些讓我不能夠認同,我已經是頭有曾經受過傷早上起來有時頭暈、頭痛難免會遲到或晚來沒法準時,而我晚到時卻是調侃我挖苦我說:『董ㄟ來上班喔』而班上也有位同班同學名叫陳重鴻他也是殘障人士本身身體又不好,為了電腦TQC打字測試常常被方老師數落,原本身體就有些狀況的陳重鴻先生則為了方老師的幾句話『陳重鴻你這樣不行喔 你回家都沒在練習是不是等等..』而陳重鴻先生遺憾的是過沒多久就不幸去世,病因得知是肝病。以上也都是陳述事實,奇怪的是『博愛』職訓中心怎麼會有這樣的訓練師!像這樣的訓練師還要繼續聘用或任用公職的話又或是幾句安慰的話,那不知道會有多少下一位會是如此!還是沒有結果的話我會把這封信寄往各大時報週刊讓全民來看來評斷!

    July 15, 2013 at 12:32 am | Reply
  12. California


    July 14, 2013 at 1:08 am | Reply
    • Pete

      @California,it ain't over till the fat lady sings and she hasn't said squat yet..NAACP and others are looking into seperate law suits one against Zimmerman like Simpson got and one that could still get Zimmerman jail time in civil rights offenses in Trayvons death!!

      July 14, 2013 at 11:36 am | Reply
      • California

        It's obviously not a civil rights issue no matter how much you want to inject your racism into the situation for one.

        July 16, 2013 at 3:05 pm |
  13. lance

    when is this aid going to be paid back ? more american borrowing from communist china to be used to pay for all this aid that obama dishes out to the world ? when is the national debt going to be paid down ?

    July 13, 2013 at 10:23 am | Reply
    • Pete

      @lance,Pres.Obamas trying to be the responsible one in paying back all the things that Bush put on the governments charge card..Two wars,Medicare Part D,tax breaks for the 2%ers and 800,000 unemployement checks a month from a crashed economy all by Bush..Remember lance just the wars alone are over 2 trillion and raising and if you check actual facts Pres.Obama has been the more responsible,fiscal president over all republicans ever a known facts since being charted years ago...When you have tax breaks and other policies,bills that cost more than what comes in with federal revenue it'll take more time as usual if you know how to budget which republicans never have been able to do,just ask Bushs,Hoover and Reagan how they ran our country into the ground and facts will spell that out to you as well!

      July 14, 2013 at 11:56 am | Reply
  14. Navyvet8192

    And this is exactly why our government will not call the coup a coup! Shameful,... but expected.

    July 12, 2013 at 5:21 pm | Reply
  15. AFM

    Hey world we dont need your oil supply any more. Forget the suez canal. It's obvious this is what it's all over. We have enough resources to get our own oil and that's a fact. Let Israel protect themselves against the Egyptians if they're dumb enough to start a war. Why would we give any nation weapons who hate Americans is beyond me. Its time for real change, start worrying about us regular folks who work hard to help our country and our OWN citizens who need aid more than any rouge nation. I'd rather see our government give aid (spend hard working tax dollers or money they borrow from China) to help our own people out. I understand why others hate us its because they hate themselves. Look at people like JA who's held up in an embassy. Talk about being a prisoner, ha. My point is we need to worry about our own more than others, especially those who hate us. Thanks

    July 12, 2013 at 11:48 am | Reply
  16. Grumpy2012

    Keep pumping military weapons into the Middle East.
    That will give "Peace a chance"
    – John Kerry

    July 12, 2013 at 9:40 am | Reply
    • GreekGyro

      Funny how liberals are against forms of gun ownership in this country, yet the administration gives vehicles of war to the most unstable of nations that are known to hit us with these same weapons.

      July 12, 2013 at 3:49 pm | Reply
      • Pete

        @GreekGyro,its not the administration giving weapons of death to countrys bud its your republicans the war mongers like McCain siding with the MIC,lobbyists who just loves seeing death as long as its not one of their own...Remember Gyro it was Bushs,Cheneys lies that started the Iraq war remember against an innocent country in Iraq instead of Saudi Arabia the real backers of those 9/11 terrorists facts be known!!!It's been factually stated that more republicans as presidents have started or intervened in wars than democrates ..Remember only about 30% of republicans on Capital Hill have ever served militarily to the 70% of democrates who did but democrates again advocate for diplomacy for peace seeing what war does in death,destruction to all that are involved or not!!And liberals aren't against guns,just the stupid ones that shouldn't have them like Zimmerman in Florida to begin with in more strengent regulations,does that offend you Gyro,it doesn't me and I own plenty of guns!!Check out your white supremisist,KKK members in the NRA,ALEC groups they'll argue with me as well and I'm white, but intelligently raised!!

        July 13, 2013 at 12:58 pm |
      • Pete

        @Gyro,typo on last comment in the NRA,ALEC will argue against me and yes I'm white and raised intelligently,sorry again my bad...

        July 13, 2013 at 1:02 pm |
    • Really?

      Be careful of what you read as a "quote" on the internet. It may have been written by a maniac.

      - Abraham Lincoln

      July 14, 2013 at 10:20 pm | Reply
  17. Joseph

    Odd, I don't remember voting on this.

    July 12, 2013 at 2:05 am | Reply
    • ofer shelly

      someone can explain me for what Egypt need F16s?
      Its just against ISrael , but they dont ahve the tech of ISrael of tech war!
      so it not really going to help them!

      July 12, 2013 at 2:36 am | Reply
      • whte and blond

        yes it would be good to bomb Israel.
        imagine what a glorious day.

        July 12, 2013 at 4:24 am |
      • Pete

        @white and blond,definitly an air head commenting like that!!

        July 13, 2013 at 1:13 pm |
  18. 劉峻成 劉峻成

    July 12, 2013 at 1:41 am | Reply
  19. Pilpinoi

    how come the Philippines never have this kind of offer from the US, despite the fact that China are bullying the PH on our West Philippines sea. Why is the US helping this hostile country that never like them, while the Philippines which both of them considered as allies and friend never get this kind of offer. So weird!

    July 12, 2013 at 12:28 am | Reply
    • pNoy

      we jUz dn't have mOney to buy it period.

      July 12, 2013 at 3:50 am | Reply
      • lumabankapinoy

        we have plenty of oil reserve and US is the one who control it not to drill

        July 12, 2013 at 4:50 am |
  20. OftenForgottenGoats

    So the US government is cutting back spending within the military but we want to spend millions in sending a country military fighter jets. They also want to cut the benefits of our troops currently serving in the military? We keep sending our money around the world for no damn reason and they wonder why the dollar is getting weaker and weaker and our debt will never be settled. Who is footing this bill? China? Pretty soon they will own the united states, just like the mess we havent gotten out of from Iraq and now syria. Take your nose out of things Obama!

    July 11, 2013 at 11:27 pm | Reply
  21. pjoe

    Don't worry. Their pilots don't care about landing or taking off, they just want to know how to steer and fly into buildings.

    July 11, 2013 at 10:27 pm | Reply
    • Yavin

      Dear pjoe,

      Please be kind to the Egyptians who are the descendants of Ishmael. They are ever belligerent as prophesied by the Angel Gabriel in the book of Genesis 16:12 to be: " A wild donkey of a man, his hand will be against everyone and everyone's hand will be against him, and he will live in hostility toward all his brothers."

      July 11, 2013 at 11:04 pm | Reply
  22. Nobel Peace Winner

    You just shot a few dozens of your own people ? Here have some F16s.

    July 11, 2013 at 10:26 pm | Reply
  23. Julian Assange

    The United States of America if the MOST Hypocrite nation of this PLANET!

    No wonder hordes of extremists would give their lives for an opportunity to have a chance to BLAST a bunch of American ASSEES out to HELL!

    Washington RODENTS SURE give them ALL THE REASONS in this world!

    July 11, 2013 at 9:27 pm | Reply
    • Red Hair

      I so agree

      July 11, 2013 at 9:33 pm | Reply
  24. Yo

    It is very, very sad to see that the US refuses to agree that this is a coup: the military kicked out an elected leader. Regardlessly of the political ideas of the leader, a coup is a coup.

    What is going on here? Why doesn't the US stops the military shipmanets to a military that overthrows elected leaders?

    July 11, 2013 at 8:39 pm | Reply
    • onemore fakefbpage

      Because it was a Muslim extremist government that would be unfriendly towards the US, that was kicked out.

      Sure it was a coup. But the US government is prepared to tolerate as many coup's as it takes to get a government friendly to the US. That didn't sound too cynical ?

      July 11, 2013 at 9:22 pm | Reply
    • kepaze

      I do not understand why people like you are in such a hurry! The U.S. government is scientifically and surgically assessing the events and will decide in 10 years or maximum 15 years whether it was a coup or not. If the super-brilliants there in Washington decide it was a coup, then they will definitely cut the aid.

      July 12, 2013 at 2:16 am | Reply
  25. Zoglet

    and the staggering hypocricy of washington continues.

    July 11, 2013 at 8:39 pm | Reply
  26. SWAT

    Failed to mention the 200 M-1 abrams

    July 11, 2013 at 8:02 pm | Reply
  27. ogre12

    how wishy washy can this "so-called governement" be..on one hand we have sequestrian rules whereby government employees are furloughed, military training including air force training missions suspended, etc, but we can send money to egypt, syrian rebels, but at the same time the government also enacts stupid f* laws for social programs that tax us even more. pelosi, obama, reid, and his pet pig biden will bring down this nation..heck they already have pretty much. But I guess this is path that God is taking us according to what the scriptures say.

    July 11, 2013 at 7:08 pm | Reply
    • Badboy

      Well least some of us GET it!

      July 12, 2013 at 12:17 pm | Reply
  28. bett12232

    my wife is losing now 400 dollars a month when they can do is close all military schools in the state for all branches for 6 month. The military don't need newbies and the air force got to many airmen I don't know about the rest. So this will be the only black president in history. Everybody can blame bush but the real problem is the lobbyist and having no backbone politicians. We can afford stuff for all the countries except the USA. SHAME TO ALL!

    July 11, 2013 at 6:59 pm | Reply
    • Jay

      You obviously have no idea what you are talking about. Without new troops continuously entering the service there would be a "void" of lower tier troops. That means that promotion within the ranks would mean nothing as NCO's and SNCO's would be doing the duties of the troops they would normally supervise. $400 is a lot of money but the security of our nation through the integration of advanced training is a necessity. Closing schools for six months means our war fighting capabilities would be reduced. Sorry find another avenue or area to cut. Also I am a MSgt in the Air Force and we do not have enough troops so not sure what you are talking about.

      July 11, 2013 at 9:38 pm | Reply
      • Red Hair

        I think you answer your own question. There won't be anyone to find or solves problems. KING OBAMA has taking everything from us.

        July 11, 2013 at 9:44 pm |
    • Red Hair

      I am on Social Security and if the government puts the IRS in charge of Healthcare they can steal my payments. I never been on these free stuff and don't plan to. I will died broke but proud.

      July 11, 2013 at 9:41 pm | Reply
      • Pete

        @Red Hair,read the ACA bill stupid IRS won't touch anything,its just a penalty imposed because IRS has the resources to do it that's all..Typical delushional,uninformed republicans spewing crap again..And Air Head thank your democrates in Roosevelt,LBJ for your SocialSecurity,Medicare because your republicans balked about these programs years ago as useless and if it weren't for these supposid useless programs you'd would be broke,right smart ass!!King Obama ,what a joke and your Bushs were more of the court jester type ignorent and fun to watch being so unbelievable in their political positions as presidents right!!O I forgot you voted for Bush twice didn't yah Air Head!!

        July 12, 2013 at 8:45 am |
  29. zoot

    $1.3 Billion in military aid to Egypt while we are furloughing tens of thousands of our people here at home. Brilliant.

    July 11, 2013 at 6:21 pm | Reply
  30. Babak from LA

    Their plans changed ... shouldn't ours?

    July 11, 2013 at 6:18 pm | Reply
  31. chuck

    The decisions that come out of Washington only further support that all of our representatives are the product of INCEST with Monkeys!

    July 11, 2013 at 5:57 pm | Reply
    • Steve

      or, genius, Egypt can source its jets from China or Russia, thus giving us zero leverage whatsoever.

      July 11, 2013 at 6:16 pm | Reply
      • Pete

        @Steve,get real bud who wants their outdated crap..China buying Russian aircraft carriers from their scrap yards to use in their supposid Chinese navy,wake up Steve do they collect antiques or actually want something that works !!And on other sites you preach your intelligence to others in certain matters,what a joke you are!!

        July 12, 2013 at 8:56 am |
  32. islandmike

    Reports are coming out that our state department was funding Morsi's opposition. So why shouldn't we send F16's to Egypt, we got the coup that we paid for. Just like in Argentine, El Salvador,ect,ect.

    July 11, 2013 at 5:08 pm | Reply
  33. Steve

    The US has continue to pay the bribes for Egypt;s permissive relationship with Israel. No one thinks that the people would consent, it is only because of our puppet dictators there.

    July 11, 2013 at 4:55 pm | Reply
  34. Name*raj

    The Obama and previous admins only handout to all middle east nations to prevent them from attacking Israel. That's the only reason

    July 11, 2013 at 4:36 pm | Reply
    • FiFa Crazy

      How long will they keep handing out ? Israel will be attaked sooner or later....

      July 11, 2013 at 5:05 pm | Reply
    • Portland tony

      Isn't there something about Egypt bordering Israel and Oh....there's a canal. It's the Suez. That's a big deal? Huh?

      July 11, 2013 at 5:14 pm | Reply
      • Pete

        @Portland Tony,that's why our Navy went there months ago after Irans Navy threatened to shut the Suez canal down right!!Nothing like being militarily on top of things as well just in case!!

        July 11, 2013 at 5:47 pm |
    • minetta

      did u know that the presence of israel as it is in the middle east costing the united states trillion of $$ in economic contracts with arab states,....?

      July 11, 2013 at 5:25 pm | Reply
    • Steve

      So you'd rather have Egypt under the sphere of influence of Russia or China? Even if you tie it to a "protect Israel" motive, surely the alternatives are worse.

      July 11, 2013 at 6:18 pm | Reply
    • david

      So "handing out" F16s and 200 Abrams Tanks to Egypt, is to stop them from attacking Israel? Perhaps if they don't give them the planes and tanks there's a better chance they will not attack Israel. Isn't your theory backward?

      July 11, 2013 at 11:34 pm | Reply
  35. Kyle

    By law, foreign aid must cease when there is a military coup. By not calling the military coup, a "military coup," we can continue sending billions of dollars in aid to Egypt.

    The law only applies when the administration feels it does as they control the language in which the laws apply.

    July 11, 2013 at 4:35 pm | Reply
    • FiFa Crazy

      This Aid to Egypt is different from all other aid; they bribe the Egyptian military so US allies including Israel can use the Suez Canal.

      July 11, 2013 at 5:22 pm | Reply
  36. Portland tony

    Realistically the only force in Egypt keeping some stability is the military. Without their presence: Utter chaos. And if civil society breaks down, the military is the only force that can keep yahoo jihadists from infiltrating the country like they did in Iraq and Libya. Keep their military strong and peace may break out. Egypt is too important to ignore. Let's try and keep US boots off their ground.

    July 11, 2013 at 4:11 pm | Reply
    • Yo

      So, you are actually defending a military rule as opposed to an elected leader, because of 'stability'. I am not entirely sure how anyone can defend it when soldiers kick out an elected head of state, but apperently some people do.

      Very odd to read!

      July 11, 2013 at 8:43 pm | Reply
      • Portland tony

        You as well as the Egyptians majority obviously don't understand that in a democracy 51% of the electorate do not make religious and economic slaves of the minorities that lost the election. This is the first shot at a democracy......they'll get it right soon!

        July 11, 2013 at 9:30 pm |
  37. edward_s

    Unless they bought the planes, we need to stop handing the equipment out. There is no valid reason to give aid to them. Cost vs benefit doesn't add up.

    July 11, 2013 at 4:10 pm | Reply
    • JOJO

      I always laugh when i hear reports on Western media that US gave Aid?You believe that?If you do you must be really gullible.The US is the LARGEST MANUFACTURE & EXPORTER of weapons & as such makes a lot of money.Of cause the language is aid but in real sense countries but this equipment.Nothing like Aid...You actually believe the US gives stuff for free...Even my own mother never gives me stuff for free...Americans cab´t even help their fellow Americans so you expect they help another country..Really?

      July 11, 2013 at 5:08 pm | Reply
      • Yo

        The term "aid" is VERY general used here... A more correct description is 'tanks and fighters and bombs paid for by tax-payers".

        But "aid" sounds nicer, it makes you think about food and tents and doctors, things that actually help people instead of things that are used to overthrow an elected head-of-state.

        July 11, 2013 at 8:45 pm |
  38. African cheif

    American is sending F-16s to Eygpt, but the same Americans dont want Russia to send S-300 air denfence system to syria!!! please can some one enlight me on these two "issues"

    July 11, 2013 at 4:09 pm | Reply
    • Steve

      Syria is a totalitarian dicatorship where the unelected leader violently crushes all resistance. Egypt is a country that is struggling to find its way and that the US would prefer to enter the western world rather than the spheres of influecne of either dictatorial Russia or undemocratic china. See the difference now, genius?

      July 11, 2013 at 6:20 pm | Reply
      • Yo

        Euh... you have your facts wrong: Egypt just turned from a democracy into a totalitair regime. It WAS a democracy, but the elected head of state just got kicked out by the military. Egpyt just became another Syria...

        July 11, 2013 at 8:48 pm |
      • Portland tony

        @yo So Egypt had an election that voted into power a secular non democratic government that has failed to provide anything except religious edicts. Instead of unifying the citizens of a fledgling democracy, they divided them. They had to go!

        July 12, 2013 at 2:06 pm |
  39. desert voice

    Young people in Egypt should be working at a good salary, not breaking rocks and throwing at police! Give them work! There are many piramids and hanging gardens that could be built with modern technology! There are also irrigation chanels that need to be excavated. All this could make Egypt a more hospitable country for the visitors and for the Egyptians themselves! And, incidently, the Gibraltar Strait does need another Sphinks to overlook the port. Just bring those Caterpillar machines and do it!

    July 11, 2013 at 4:01 pm | Reply
  40. California

    In case you people hven't figured it out by now thie administration supports the terrorists.

    July 11, 2013 at 3:48 pm | Reply
    • Dave Wiant

      Did you read the article? This is what was written. How do you get your point from the following

      But at the behest of the White House, the Pentagon is now sounding a more cautious note.

      "Given the events of last week, the president has directed relevant departments and agencies to review our assistance to the government of Egypt," the Defense Department said in a written statement.

      Read the words and don't make up stuff

      July 11, 2013 at 3:59 pm | Reply
      • California

        The Obama administration now backs the military that performed the coup on the person the Obama administration helped put onto office there. This administration would be better off staying out of it all but we all know they can't.

        July 12, 2013 at 1:42 pm |
  41. VistaPoint

    I have been wondering why the Obama administration has been hesitant to call a "coup" as such. Now I understand. The arms industry does not want to halt the shipment of arms to the middle-east with Egypt being one of the largest purchaser. Hence all the shadow dancing around the issue of "Coup"

    July 11, 2013 at 3:17 pm | Reply
    • edward_s

      if they are a purchaser then it's business but the article says we're giving them aid. Thats a hand out we can stop to save money.

      July 11, 2013 at 4:12 pm | Reply
  42. andu

    These fighter jets are going to be put in use against Ethiopia. Egypt is on the brink of war with Ethiopia regarding the Nile dam.

    July 11, 2013 at 3:14 pm | Reply
    • david

      I'm betting on Ethiopia.

      July 11, 2013 at 11:27 pm | Reply
  43. hender1123

    4 F-16 jet fighters to a Muslim country? This is a joke, right? And free? Including training, parts, service and all that is required to keep 4 jets in service. Can't be true. This must be someone's idea of a bad joke.

    July 11, 2013 at 2:51 pm | Reply
    • Furloughed Frank

      How can we send $1.3 Billion dollars or more of aid to anyone outside of the US when the US government just furloughed Department of Defense employees and took away 20% of our salaries away because of some budget fix? should the wasted money sent overseas stay at home so that we are not furloughed and have to take it in the shorts?????

      July 11, 2013 at 3:16 pm | Reply
      • Infamous Victoria

        YEP taking it up the A%^ with no grease, that's are government for you

        July 11, 2013 at 3:40 pm |
    • Infamous Victoria

      Realize our government is going to hell in a hand basket, they do the dumbest s$%t and we pay for it. What about handing our problems first F$%^ other countries. What are they doing for us?????

      July 11, 2013 at 3:44 pm | Reply
    • Pete

      @hender1123,don't you think they may be there for something besides Egypts safety maybe a shorter route if Iran starts anything again,just thinking aloud!!

      July 11, 2013 at 5:54 pm | Reply
    • Portland tony

      We give or sell billion of dollars worth of arms to Muslim countries annually as does all NATO countries. Since one of the conditions of the Egyptian/Israeli peace treaty is our aid to both sides, the Israelis have no objection to economic and military aid to Egypt. Monetary assistance sure beats going to war.

      July 14, 2013 at 1:41 pm | Reply
  44. billy

    Obama is stupid beyond any doubt. Giving fighter jets to a bunch of people who hate just proves he is an idiot.

    July 11, 2013 at 2:26 pm | Reply
    • OGBobbyJohnson

      Obama can't "give" anybody anything dummy. Learn how the government works before u speak about it.

      July 11, 2013 at 3:16 pm | Reply
    • Steve

      Just another corporate puppet, that's all we have had since Carter.

      July 11, 2013 at 4:57 pm | Reply
  45. Insan Mukmin

    The USDA is raising alarm that Egypt only has 2 months wheat left in reserves. However, F-16s are more important because peace is more important than food.

    July 11, 2013 at 1:59 pm | Reply
  46. Andrew Agbonlahor

    The U.S.A really needs to reconsider any military aid to Egypt at this point in time, so as not to fuel an almost evident civil war in that country.

    July 11, 2013 at 1:35 pm | Reply
  47. Andrew Agbonlahor

    True leaders who really care for and love their countries, do not want and would not sit and watch their country plunge into an unnecessary civil war. Egypt and Egyptians do not deserve to be plunged into a civil war at this point in history. The ousted president Morsy should be given the opportunity to call the muslim brotherhood and all his supporters of the streets, the military and the interim government should also call the anti morsy demonstrators of the streets of Egypt. If Morsy won the election once, i don't see why he wouldn't win again. I think it is only right for all the ruling parties to give Egypt and Egyptians another chance at free and fair elections a second time than to plunge the country into a civil war. It is clear to all that Morsy's year of government wasn't very pleasing to all Egyptians and other nations. I am concerned that if the situation is not handled in this way, the only direction to which Egypt is going is a civil war. I don't think this is necessary.

    July 11, 2013 at 1:32 pm | Reply
  48. Unbelieving

    Let's not forget the fact that many of our own citizens are furloughed and suffering 20% pay cuts while we send our money to other countries for their defense...

    July 11, 2013 at 12:04 pm | Reply
  49. david

    Which idiot in Washington approved this shipment. Surely the last thing the Egyptian people need are F16's. I know they were already scheduled for shipment before the current situation, but somehow I feel the latest events in Egypt should require a pause and reassessment.

    July 11, 2013 at 11:52 am | Reply
    • Brooks_was_here


      July 11, 2013 at 1:00 pm | Reply
      • Adman

        No the real idiot is the lobby that Obama submits to. You know who that is. If not then find out.

        July 11, 2013 at 2:02 pm |
      • Pff

        No, congress approved it. As the article states, they are on track to deliver but Obama is reviewing that planned delivery. The president can no purchase anything or send money to anyone without congress approving.

        July 11, 2013 at 2:16 pm |
      • Yo

        You seemed to have missed some classes in high school about how governement works.

        July 11, 2013 at 8:50 pm |
  50. cocpuf4u

    It is beyond me why the US is sending 20 advanced F-16 fighters and Abrams tanks too?

    The country is still in its infancy when it comes to stability and extremely unstable at the moment.

    These tax dollars could have been spent in-house for a better purpose. Yes?

    July 11, 2013 at 11:51 am | Reply
  51. Confused

    Let me see if I have this right. According to our president and liberal political leaders:

    1. It was o.k. to sell fighters and tanks as long as Egypt was run by the Islamist anti-American "Muslim Brotherhood."
    2. It is not o.k. to sell these items to Egypt now because the more secular armed forces oust the fundamentalist president for over-reaching his authority.
    3. It is o.k. to sell weapons to Egypt even though 20 to 40% of Egyptians would support dressing me in an Orange Jumpsuit and lopping my head off for being an agnostic.
    4. It is not o.k. for individuals to own firearms because our government thinks WE might be crazy and irrational.

    July 11, 2013 at 11:38 am | Reply
    • Adman

      I agree with your sattire in the 4th point.

      How can you think our Govt is crazy?. Its only the Govt that has the right to think you are crazy.
      Govt has decided its time to arm the Muslims who oppose the Arab Spring. Read Al-Jazeera report today. US paid money to anti- Morsy supporters and aided in rebellion. There are army factions in it as Morsy said army is not over and above the democratically elected leader of the nation. Egyptian Morsy was modeling after US in this regard where
      US President is commander in chief of the Army of US. But the army made a underhand deal with US to overthrow Morsy. Part of the deal was if Morsy is overthrown, US should deliver the F16. Now US has to stick to the deal it made with Anti Morsy supporters. QED

      July 11, 2013 at 2:09 pm | Reply
    • Infamous Victoria

      LMAO those are great points...our government is full over paid idiots, let give some stuff away to countries that will never repay us or help us in a crisis. They ALL need to be kicked out of office and start over fresh, I think the common public could do a better job and for less money.

      July 11, 2013 at 3:50 pm | Reply
    • Yo

      IT has nothing to do with being a liberal. It is about believing in democracy.

      You may disagree with the leaders that the Egyption people have elected. You may call them muslims. you may call them anti-American. you can call thel whatever you want. But that are the leaders that the Egyptian people elected.

      Now, the military staged a coup and kicked the eleted leaders out. How can you defend this?

      It has nothing to do with being a liberal, it has to do with believing in a democracy. you clearly don't. I do.

      July 11, 2013 at 8:54 pm | Reply
  52. SkyKing169

    They've not much good without highly trained Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) mechanics and spare parts.

    July 11, 2013 at 11:33 am | Reply
    • Aaron

      Don't worry, those are included free of charge... were the aircraft.

      July 11, 2013 at 12:55 pm | Reply
  53. Joe Babidden

    Just when we thought foreign policies will improve... how on earth would US send fighter jets to a country whose army just done a coup 2 weeks and accused of 51 civilians and now in a political turmoil with no idea how it will pan out in the next few months? Least USA can do is 'suspend' ALL deals till dust settles. Now imagine if it was Russia which did that? We would be sending SS Johnsons to the Gulf by now!

    July 11, 2013 at 11:23 am | Reply
  54. moedingo

    why is the US so involved in other country's issues?!? deal with the issues here at home first!

    July 11, 2013 at 11:21 am | Reply
    • Jay in Florida

      The US Government does NOT manufacture F-16's, and does not make a profit if they are sold. But because of their strategical importance as weapons, the US Government must approve who can buy them from our private companies. Get it now?

      July 11, 2013 at 12:54 pm | Reply
      • Canada

        In theory, that's how it works.... But if you don't think gov officials are not in bed with Arms manufacturers, then you really havn't been paying attention. Reference all politicians with ties to Northorp Grumman, Lockheed Martin, Haliburton etc.. and before you say, "Hey Haliburton deal's in Energy! not weapons!" F16's and tanks deal in Energy too. and require lot's of it.

        July 11, 2013 at 4:11 pm |
      • Yo

        Euh, no... the US governement GAVE these fighters and tanks to Egypt. That is what the word 'aid' means.

        July 11, 2013 at 8:55 pm |
  55. rightospeak

    What on earth for ? Against Martians ? What Egypt needs is bread, stability and NOT fighter jets.

    July 11, 2013 at 11:21 am | Reply
  56. JohnathanA

    The Egyptian armed forces deserve the right tools to do the job of protecting the population against the islamic terrorists.

    July 11, 2013 at 10:29 am | Reply
    • james

      The military is the islamic terrorists... they are accused of indisciminatly killing children.

      July 11, 2013 at 11:12 am | Reply
      • andresl

        Any and every military has been, is, and will be accused of killing women and children

        July 11, 2013 at 2:55 pm |
    • Yo

      That's new to me, I didn't know the islamist in Egypt where terrorists. Where did you get that information?

      Also... do you really think that the military doesn't consist of islamists? Do you think that you can not serve in the Egyptian army when you are islamist?

      Bottom line: what you call 'terrorists' are in fact the elected leaders of the country. Just because they are muslims doesn't make them terrorists.

      July 11, 2013 at 8:59 pm | Reply
  57. Mike White

    This is what, in diplomatic circles, is referred to as the "full-retard".

    July 11, 2013 at 10:25 am | Reply
    • Beckons Attore

      LOL You just don't get it, do you? Learn more about Egypt's rebels, who they are and what they're doing and you'll agree with their decision in this. The rebels are in the right, only I hope that the jets are being given to the rebel's side, or else things will only get worse, not only for Egypt, but for us as well while most people care more about Tallahassee, FL car dealerships anyway. It's a good dealership, but it's just one example of all the distractions of zombies.

      July 11, 2013 at 11:12 am | Reply
      • joerodarme

        Beckons, surely you must not get any of this yourself. The U.S. has been supplying military aid to Egypt since the late 1970's to boost stability in the region and as an outcome of the Egypt-Israel peace treaty. You really want to give Egyptian "rebels" F-16's? Are you joking? I believe you have completely confused Egypt with Syria or you simply do not understand the situation at all. Are you calling the Egyptian military rebels? The rest of your post makes no sense at all, I couldn't care less about car dealerships in Florida.

        July 11, 2013 at 11:37 am |
      • Mike White

        I 'get' things just fine. A bunch of military weapons are being sent to an unstable country.

        Like shagging to protect virginity, it makes no sense.

        July 11, 2013 at 11:51 am |
  58. power4things

    And you thought "Deal of the Century" was just a movie ... Luckup will sell to anybody.

    July 11, 2013 at 10:16 am | Reply
  59. pjoe

    Can I have some french fries and a milk-shake with those F-16s?

    July 11, 2013 at 10:08 am | Reply

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