I’d rather see our bucks going to pro-Democracy groups (yes, they’re there) rather than this. North Koreans working on Egypt’s Scuds while we send F-16s.
United Nations sanctions imposed on North Korea for its nuclear and long-range missile tests prohibit U.N. members from purchasing such North Korean military assistance.
Sen. James Inhofe (R., Okla.), ranking Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, said last week that he is opposed to sending advanced U.S. jets to Egypt. Inhofe asked President Barack Obama in a letter to delay sending additional F16s to Egypt until Congress can review the sale.
A $1.5 billion arms package was approved for Egypt under the former regime of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, including 20 F-16s and coproduction of M1A1 tanks. Other significant military sales being considered include the transfer of U.S. military transports.
“The recent transfer of four F-16 Block 52 fighter jets to Egyptian Armed Forces is troubling, and future deliveries of the remaining 16 jets scheduled to be completed by the end of 2013 should be delayed until Congress has had time to review further this foreign military sale,” Inhofe stated in a letter sent Friday.
The senator is concerned about conditions in Egypt, which have changed significantly since the sale was first approved.