The point that is being made here is a rather important one. Politics is all about messaging. It’s not about what’s said, but about the timing and the meaning that all parties are expected to derive from it.
The message to be derived from Obama giving the Muslim Brotherhood regime a bunch of F-16s is a rather obvious one to the Egyptians.
Retired Brigadier General Safwat Al-Zayat said, “It is obvious that the finalisation of the deal on 11 December, which happened to be at the height of the mass demonstrations in Tahrir Square against Morsi, conveyed a political message. Between the lines, Washington was sending a message to three parties. The first was to Morsi and it stated, ‘We support you. Move ahead.’ The second was to the army and it said, ‘We are encouraging this man,’ meaning Morsi. The third was to the opposition forces and it said the same thing.”
By handing Morsi some very advanced weaponry, Obama was actually undermining the constitutional protests in Egypt, which were aimed at protecting the rule of law and the rights of women and minorities.
Perversely this gesture of support from Obama means that Morsi will have to find ways to attack and undermine the United States even more to establish his credibility and avoid accusations that he is Obama’s puppet. The F-16s will actually make Morsi even more Anti-American, which is the dynamic that flies right by most Western diplomats. But maybe that’s what Obama had in mind all along.