According to Hanlon’s razor, we should “never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity.” The reader can decide whether any extreme of stupidity would account for this:
Four F-16 fighter jets left the U.S. [Tuesday] morning, bound for Egypt as part of a foreign aid package critics say should have been scrapped when the nation elected a president who has called President Obama a liar and urged that hatred of Jews be instilled in children.
A source who works on the naval air base in Fort Worth, Texas, confirmed the departure of the state-of-the-art fighter planes to FoxNews.com. Sixteen F-16s and 200 Abrams tanks are to be given to the Egyptian government before the end of the year under a foreign aid deal signed in 2010 with then-Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, a longtime U.S. ally.
Critics, including several in Congress, say it doesn’t make sense to follow through with the package, given that new Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi, elected last summer, has given decidedly mixed signals about relations with the U.S.
That is, he has toned down his anti-American vitriol barely enough for it to be politically feasible for Obama to spend $zillions showering him with lethal gifts.
Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-FL) states the obvious:
“American tax dollars must not be used to aid and abet any dictatorial regime that stands with terrorists.”
Other than Israelis and Morsi’s own people, the mostly likely to get attacked with the F-16s are the Americans who made and paid for them. The Middle East becomes more unstable by the day; this is hardly the time to be dumping a fortune in sophisticated weaponry into the laps of hostile Islamists.
Morsi should apologize for calling Obama a liar. Barack Hussein did promise he would, “stand with the Muslims should the political winds shift in an ugly direction.” The direction of the Arab Spring winds couldn’t get much uglier for Israel or the USA.
On tips from Bob Roberts, IslandLifer, and Clingtomyguns.