Egyptian Brigadier General: “F-16s Are a Message of Support from Obama to Morsi”

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


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.

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    Egypt signed a letter of agreement in June 1980 to acquire 42 Block 15 F-16 fighters under the Peace Vector Foreign Military Sales program. The first aircraft was accepted by the Egyptian Air Force in January 1982. The first six planes arrived in Egypt in March 1982. In the Peace Vector II program, Egypt ordered 40 additional Block 32 F-16s. In October 1986, the first of these aircraft arrived in Egypt. The 242nd Regiment at Beni Suef began operating F-16Cs in October 1986. In June 1990, Egypt signed an order for 47 Block 40 F-16s, powered by the General Electric F110 turbofan engine. The first of these Peace Vector III F-16s was delivered to Egypt in October 1991.
    A contract to produce 46 Block 40 F-16C/Ds for the Egyptian Air Force was placed with TUSAS Aerospace Industries (TAI) of Turkey in 1993. Carried out under the Peace Vector IV program, this contract marked the first sale of a foreign-built Fighting Falcon to a third-party nation. The first aircraft was delivered in early 1994, and deliveries continued into 1995. All but one of the earlier F-16s for Egypt had originated on the Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company production line. Egypt received 175 Fighting Falcons by the time all the TAI planes were delivered.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "Egypt signed a letter of agreement in June 1980 to acquire 42 Block 15 F-16 fighters under the Peace Vector Foreign Military Sales program."

      What's your point? that Egypt is always Egypt? You're so clueless that it's funny and sad at the same time because I hear many other intellectually retarded individuals presenting…statements like this.

      Because the Middle East is so stable and Morsi is just like Sadat when he made peace with the West.

      • slider 96

        You had better study your history , Morsi and Sadat are two totally different leaders .Sadat made peace with ISRAEL . Egypt was not at war with the west .

        • objectivefactsmatter

          "Egypt was not at war with the west ."

          Tool,

          He and Egypt were aligned with the Soviets as a client state for military aid and other perks under Nasser and then Sadat himself made peace with the West by moving away from the Soviets and then negotiating peace with Israel through the USA.

          You don't know what you're talking about. Egypt and Sadat were part of the cold war, dip$hit. Sadat made peace with the West himself personally, beginning at Nasser's funeral but it took a few years of incremental steps to eject the Soviets. Take your own advice and study history before you pretend to teach it.

        • objectivefactsmatter

          "You had better study your history , Morsi and Sadat are two totally different leaders "

          You'd better start with basic reading comprehension. You're the one who's presenting the circumstances as fundamentally the same. "Business as usual" I think is what you said.

      • http://www.adinakutnicki.com AdinaK

        Not only that, but the Islamist-in-Chief helped install Morsi, a Muslim Brotherhood Mafia operative – http://adinakutnicki.com/2012/09/30/white-house-m

        And he awaits his Prez of choice with open arms, with more than F-16 gifts – http://adinakutnicki.com/2012/10/26/the-white-hou

        So, F-16's make total sense. In fact, as unstable as the region always is, there is no doubt that the POTUS has become its Pyromaniac-in-Chief, all for the benefit of Morsi's Brotherhood Mafia.

        Adina kutnicki, Israel – http://adinakutnicki.com/about/

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    In May 1996, Egypt signed a letter of agreement for 21 new F-16 Block 40 aircraft. This represented Egypt's fifth F-16 order in 15 years. In June 1999, Egypt ordered 24 F-16 Block 40 aircraft under the Peace Vector VI program. These aircraft were delivered during 2001 and 2002. They were the last Block 40 aircraft produced.

    On March 3rd, 2010 the U.S. government awarded an initial $213 million to Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] for long-lead tasks for the production of 20 new Advanced Block 52 F-16 aircraft for Egypt. This marked the 53rd follow-on buy of F-16s by 14 repeat customers. The aircraft delivered to Egypt join the fleet of more than 4,400 F-16s representing 25 nations. The new aircraft order includes 16 F-16Cs and 4 F-16Ds, and will supplement the Egyptian Air Force's (EAF) existing fleet of F-16s and contribute to the modernization of the EAF. The final Egyptian F-16 under this contract will be delivered in 2013. Egypt was the first Arab country to purchaseF-16s through a Foreign Military Sales program called Peace Vector. The Egyptian Air Force received a total of 42 F-16s in its first order in 1980 and since then had purchased five

  • Daniel Greenfield

    …and all of that changed once Egypt came under the rule of an Islamist terrorist organization

    Continuing to provide weapons to Egypt under Muslim Brotherhood rule is criminal.

    And furthermore the timing of this was read as an endorsement of Morsi and as a rejection of the Constitution protests.

    • JacksonPearson

      I don't believe it can get any more clearer than this statement, that the Muslim Brotherhood are a terrorist organization, that is being supported by Barack Hussein Obama II:
      Egypt's new president Morsi stated: "The Koran is Our Constitution, the Prophet is Our Leader, Jihad is Our Path, and Death in the Name of Allah is Our Goal."

      The above statement destroys any notion that the new Egyptian government is a democracy, as being touted by King Barack. All we're getting are lies and more damn lies.

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        Did you think Mubarak's regime was a Democracy ?

        • JacksonPearson

          Nope, not at all. Mubarak was a dictator. Egypt haven't play out, or evolve yet to compare with Mubarak. Most if not all Middle East countries, are one way or another, dictatorships.

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    - more lots bringing the total to 240 .
    Message to Morsi ? No , just buisness as usual .

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "Message to Morsi ? No , just buisness as usual ."

      Then that is even worse, because if you are the president and can't even perceive when business has changed in such critical ways, you have no business leading anything, and certainly not a sovereign nation.

    • Daniel Greenfield

      Clearly not how it's seen in Egypt.

      And a Republican president who began shipping tanks to China during Tienanmen Square would not be able to claim business as usual either.

  • WilliamJamesWard

    Clearly Obama supports a murderous regime in Egypt and giving F-16s to Egypt at this time
    is and affront to America, Israel and those in the World who have not completely lost thier
    minds. How is it our Congress does not stop this treason and subversion by Obama,
    they are supposed to control the purse strings but sit idly by and do nothing, It seems that
    we are sold out no matter what branch of the government, the well is poisoned…………William

  • slider 96

    An Egyptian general can also say that this is "sign " Obama will give up the Blind Sheik , in fact anyone in Egypt can say anything ….the FACT and the History of US Military aid , in the way of jet fighter sales has been going on for decades under several previous US Administrations . Do any of you think Mubarak's Regime was a democracy ? The " tanks to China ", is a bad analogy . I have a nephew , a Colonel in the USAF who's been in Egypt for the past 15 years and STILL is . So we maintain a military presence there , we maintain a hammer on any regime , and especially on Egypts Military , who can and have overuled all previous leaders . We've been sending a billion a year to Egypt for decades. WE hold the maintenance and parts replacements for those F-16's , Egypt cannot maintain them without our co-operation.This is WHY Egypt has not attacked Israel .Whatever F-16's go to Egypt , a superior model goes to Israel .It took a decade or so to get the Soviets out of Egypt …..would anyb of you rather have the Russians giving Egypt jet fighters ?

    • Judahlevi

      Yes, I would rather have the Russians giving Egypt jet fighters. The reason is obvious.

      The US should stop ALL military aid to Egypt until we know that the government will act in the best interests of the region. At this point, we have no idea how this government will rule or act.

      • objectivefactsmatter

        "Yes, I would rather have the Russians giving Egypt jet fighters. The reason is obvious. "

        Yes it is obvious to intelligent people. Russia loves that we give away so much hardware rather than building better fighters for the future. Waste money on foreign aid that depletes our own resources and we get nothing in return if they don't attack us…and worse if they do. China loves when we cut F-22 and F-35 production to keep budgets down and then ship planes to disloyal enemy regimes.

        Slider loves it too. He must be Russian, Chinese, Muslim or just plain dim in the head.

    • Daniel Greenfield

      They can say anything, but what they are saying in this case has relevance.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "The " tanks to China ", is a bad analogy . I have a nephew , a Colonel in the USAF who's been in Egypt for the past 15 years and STILL is . So we maintain a military presence there , we maintain a hammer on any regime ,"

      You really are dim. Just like the UN peacekeeping troops in the Sinai and the Soviets maintained a "hammer on any regime" in Egypt in the past. Worked great, just like always.

      Fool, it's politics. It's not always going to be truly wise. This is really not good. You're such a dupe.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "We've been sending a billion a year to Egypt for decades."

      That's all thanks mostly to Carter, but we can say that at least then we got something good from the deal. Now we empower our mortal enemies. Can you make the distinction between Sadat and Morsi? Morsi is MB, and they killed Sadat. It wasn't over some random dispute. They killed Sadat for making peace with the West and Israel.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      " WE hold the maintenance and parts replacements for those F-16's , Egypt cannot maintain them without our co-operation."

      It must comfort you to know that they can't maintain any protracted air wars against the USA or Israel without resorting to suicide missions.

      You are unbelievable.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "It took a decade or so to get the Soviets out of Egypt …..would anyb of you rather have the Russians giving Egypt jet fighters ?"

      We want our enemies to waste their resources on Egypt if possible because then we keep more of our own. So yeah, let Russia or China give them jets, but they're not as stupid as you.

  • slider 96

    Objectivefactsmatter , you have a lot to say , mostly out of your own poor command of history ,and utter ignorance .All you have rattling around in that empty head of yours are talking points . I guess you are not aware of the last time the Sovuets were supplying Egypt with military hardware AND advisors .Your thoughts on this are confused and disconnected . About the only thing you got right is that Sadat was assasinated …..iver the peace dal with ISRAEL , not the west , and Mubarak allowed many of those involved go free , one of which was Bin Ladens #2 Zarwahiri .Russia has no sympathies for Israel, but I guess you forgot that war in which their tanks and personell participated in against Israel [your ignorance is showing ] and so genius yu consider these sale "poliical " ? Oh what a genius you are , of course they are political AND STRATEGIC for the US and ISRAEL . But in your mindless animus towards this administration , you would rather see the Russians supplying the jets . Brilliant ! ! And utterly foolish . Your reasoning and rational here is jaw-dropping stupid .