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Obama: F-16s to Muslim Brotherhood Yes, F-16s to Egyptian Military No
Posted By Daniel Greenfield On July 24, 2013 @ 11:42 pm In The Point | 13 Comments
During Kerry’s confirmation hearing, he claimed that Morsi declaring that Egyptians should nurse their children on hatred for the Jews was no reason not to give Morsi a bunch of F-16s.
“Not everything lends itself to a simple classification, black or white,” Kerry said. “We have critical interests with Egypt, critical interests.”
Apparently those interests were limited to keeping the Muslim Brotherhood in power, because now that the Brotherhood is out of power, suddenly no more F-16s.
Barack Obama has delayed the delivery of four U.S. F-16 fighter jets to Egypt because of the country’s political unrest, officials said Wednesday – reversing earlier assurances from the Pentagon.
Pentagon spokesman George Little said the U.S. no longer believes it is “appropriate to move forward with the delivery” of the jets.
It was appropriate when a terrorist group was in charge of Egypt. But now it’s… inappropriate.
You’ve got to give the first democratically elected Muslim Brotherhood president of the United States credit. He did warn that if Egyptians overthrew their first democratically elected Muslim Brotherhood president, that would endanger American aid to Egypt.
For the first time in his life, Obama told the truth. Sort of.
But here’s where the hypocrisy becomes farcical. As Morsi’s abuses increased, in June, Kerry was forced to argue that we weren’t giving Morsi aid because he was undemocratic… we were giving it to the Egyptian military.
Despite stating in a May 9 memo that “we are not satisfied with the extent of Egypt’s progress and are pressing for a more inclusive democratic process and the strengthening of key democratic institutions,” Kerry said the aid should go forward.
“A strong U.S. security partnership with Egypt, underpinned by FMF (Foreign Military Financing), maintains a channel to Egyptian military leadership, who are key opinion makers in the country,” Kerry wrote in the memo.
So in June, Kerry was claiming that we had to give aid to maintain our relations with the Egyptian military, not with Morsi. Now Morsi is gone and Kerry, along with the rest of Obama Inc. have been exposed as shameless liars.
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