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U.S F-16's And 200 Tanks To Egypt?  
User currently offlineImperialEagle From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 2605 posts, RR: 22
Posted (1 year 7 months 4 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 7083 times:
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The first batch of F-16s headed to Egypt this week, soon to be followed by more and 200 Tanks are scheduled to be delivered.
This deal was struck between the US and the Mobarak government which is a completely different critter from the current Muslim Brotherhood government. So in light of all the nasty rhetoric coming from the new Egyptian government why are we sending them armament? Do we want to prime a fight between the Egyptians and another Arab country? No, of course not, it must be to prime a fight between the Egyptians and Israel. Or is our current administration here in the US that inept?

Also, it is no secret that the Iranian government is continuing to woo the Egyptians.
So, I just cannot see any good coming from this transfer of military armament.

I do not wish this to become a Egypt vs Israel argument. The topic is between the US and Egypt.
Always good for an opinion, what do you think?


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User currently offlineKiwiRob From New Zealand, joined Jun 2005, 7410 posts, RR: 5
Reply 1, posted (1 year 7 months 4 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 7074 times:

Quoting ImperialEagle (Thread starter):
So in light of all the nasty rhetoric coming from the new Egyptian government why are we sending them armament?

I'm sure they paid good money for those fighters and tanks, unless you want to give the money back why shouldn't they take delivery?


User currently offlineSpacepope From Vatican City, joined Dec 1999, 2930 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (1 year 7 months 4 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 7029 times:

Quoting KiwiRob (Reply 1):
I'm sure they paid good money for those fighters and tanks,

The US gives about $1 billion each year to Egypt as military aid. These tanks and F-16s are essentially freebies.



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User currently offlinenomadd22 From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 1866 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (1 year 7 months 4 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 6996 times:

Do you think that informing them we're an unreliable partner who will cancel agreements on a whim will help the relationship?


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User currently offlineAesma From France, joined Nov 2009, 6663 posts, RR: 11
Reply 4, posted (1 year 7 months 4 weeks 1 day ago) and read 6923 times:

Couldn't the US have put some backdoors allowing to disable all that gear if necessary ?


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User currently offlineThePointblank From Canada, joined Jan 2009, 1720 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (1 year 7 months 4 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 6834 times:

It's important to maintain relationships with one of the major power brokers in Egypt; the military. It really doesn't matter who's the current leader in Egypt because of the independence the Egyptian military has in internal affairs.

User currently offlineBMI727 From United States of America, joined Feb 2009, 15744 posts, RR: 27
Reply 6, posted (1 year 7 months 4 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 6791 times:

Quoting ImperialEagle (Thread starter):
So in light of all the nasty rhetoric coming from the new Egyptian government why are we sending them armament?

Because people pay good money for that stuff.

Quoting ImperialEagle (Thread starter):
Do we want to prime a fight between the Egyptians and another Arab country?

Nothing fixes a recession like a war.

Quoting ImperialEagle (Thread starter):
Always good for an opinion, what do you think?

Cash or check?

Quoting Aesma (Reply 4):
Couldn't the US have put some backdoors allowing to disable all that gear if necessary ?

I know some equipment (ECM pods I think) has some sort of tracking device and/or a seal.



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User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29800 posts, RR: 58
Reply 7, posted (1 year 7 months 4 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 6734 times:

It is Basicly the bribe that the US has been paying Egypt since 1979 to get them to regonize the state of Israel.

The current leadership in Egypt has threatened to disregard those peace accords if the US cancels the aid.



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User currently offlineAesma From France, joined Nov 2009, 6663 posts, RR: 11
Reply 8, posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 6390 times:

Quoting ThePointblank (Reply 5):
It's important to maintain relationships with one of the major power brokers in Egypt; the military. It really doesn't matter who's the current leader in Egypt because of the independence the Egyptian military has in internal affairs.

You're right, I thought about this afterward.

Quoting L-188 (Reply 7):
The current leadership in Egypt has threatened to disregard those peace accords if the US cancels the aid.

Since the government and the military are not on the same page, it would be foolish for Morsi to do that, he would face a coup pretty quickly.



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User currently onlineKC135TopBoom From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 12150 posts, RR: 51
Reply 9, posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 6358 times:

Quoting ImperialEagle (Thread starter):
Or is our current administration here in the US that inept?

Yes. This was brought up last month before the delivery of the first 4 aircraft. The Administration basicly ignored the current concerns and began delivery.

Quoting KiwiRob (Reply 1):
I'm sure they paid good money for those fighters and tanks, unless you want to give the money back why shouldn't they take delivery?
Quoting Spacepope (Reply 2):
These tanks and F-16s are essentially freebies.
Quoting BMI727 (Reply 6):
Because people pay good money for that stuff.

The Egyptions paid nothing for the F-16E/Fs and M-1A1. The US Taxpayers paid this entire bill and this is over and above the annual defense aid already given to them.

Quoting L-188 (Reply 7):
The current leadership in Egypt has threatened to disregard those peace accords if the US cancels the aid.

Yes, and that's a major problem for many Americans and for Israel.

Quoting nomadd22 (Reply 3):
Do you think that informing them we're an unreliable partner who will cancel agreements on a whim will help the relationship?

No, I don't. This agreement for the F-16s and M-1s was made with a totally different government in Egypt than the one who is there today. The original agreement was made in the last year of the Bush Administration, signed during the first year of the Obama Administraion and then approved by Congress. Former Egyption President Mobarak is now in jail, and most likely on his death bed. Current President Morsi has made some very disturbing statements against Israelis, the US, and the EU since he came to power.

I no longer see Egypt as a friend of the US, and we will regrete giving these weapons to Egypt, just as we regreted giving Iran F-14s, F-4s, KC-707s and KC-747s. Iran had actually paid for all those weapons, they were not 'gifts'.

At least we canceled the AWACS sale Iran had made in 1977 after that country changed governments in 1978 and kept the last several F-14As that were going to Iran after they were built, but not yet delivered.


User currently offlineImperialEagle From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 2605 posts, RR: 22
Reply 10, posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 6296 times:
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Quoting nomadd22 (Reply 3):
Do you think that informing them we're an unreliable partner who will cancel agreements on a whim will help the relationship?

Well I think it's better than arming the enemy, and how does it look that Egyptians are rioting in the street again trying to get that ever elusive democracy and here the Obama administration is backing the Muslim Brotherhood who, BTW has already put the public on notice that Sharia law is going to be applied so goodbye freedoms. Especially freedom of speech.

Quoting ThePointblank (Reply 5):
eally doesn't matter who's the current leader in Egypt because of the independence the Egyptian military has in internal affairs.


But that's not looking too good as long as the country is in such turmoil. I'd rather bet on a horse.

Quoting KC135TopBoom (Reply 9):
I no longer see Egypt as a friend of the US, and we will regrete giving these weapons to Egypt

I completely agree.



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User currently offlineBMI727 From United States of America, joined Feb 2009, 15744 posts, RR: 27
Reply 11, posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 6283 times:

Quoting KC135TopBoom (Reply 9):
The Egyptions paid nothing for the F-16E/Fs and M-1A1. The US Taxpayers paid this entire bill and this is over and above the annual defense aid already given to them.

Chalk it up to stimulus then. Money is money.

With any luck the Israelis will get nervous and want some better weapons of their own.



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User currently offlineMax Q From United States of America, joined May 2001, 4524 posts, RR: 18
Reply 12, posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 6253 times:

I don't see the problem here. A few F16's and tanks are not going to change the balance of power in the region.


And equipment is just that, you can't go up against the Israeli's without a similar level of training and expertise.


The Egyptians don't come close.



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User currently offlineCaryjack From United States of America, joined May 2007, 332 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 6219 times:

Quoting KC135TopBoom (Reply 9):
the F-16E/Fs and M-1A1.


How advanced are these weapons? I understand that the F-16s the US sells to say Israel, Canada or the Aussies would be more capable then those sold to other allies.
Thanks,   
Cary


User currently offlineThePointblank From Canada, joined Jan 2009, 1720 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 6218 times:

Quoting Caryjack (Reply 13):
How advanced are these weapons? I understand that the F-16s the US sells to say Israel, Canada or the Aussies would be more capable then those sold to other allies.
Thanks,
Cary

Egypt isn't equipped with the AIM-120; they are still using the AIM-7. Mind you, a well handled F-16 armed with AIM-7's is still a potent threat.


User currently onlineKC135TopBoom From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 12150 posts, RR: 51
Reply 15, posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 6176 times:

Quoting BMI727 (Reply 11):
With any luck the Israelis will get nervous and want some better weapons of their own.

Unfortunately Israel doesn't have a friend in the current White House. They can ask all they want, but I doubt they will be getting much of anything in the form of advanced weapons from the US.

Perhaps they can buy some Trance 3 Eurofighters from the EU?


User currently offlinetrex8 From United States of America, joined Nov 2002, 4769 posts, RR: 14
Reply 16, posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 6 days ago) and read 6079 times:
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Quoting KC135TopBoom (Reply 15):
Unfortunately Israel doesn't have a friend in the current White House. They can ask all they want, but I doubt they will be getting much of anything in the form of advanced weapons from the US.

Perhaps they can buy some Trance 3 Eurofighters from the EU?

A former head of Mossad said not too long ago it was always republican administrations which "kicked the chair out" from under Israel not democratic ones.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/24/op...rew-israel-under-the-bus.html?_r=0

And who will pay for these EF2000s? The German taxpayer like for the recent subs?? Or maybe EADS could make the EF2000 the first product out of the Mobile, AL Airbus FAL so the US taxpayer can pay!!


User currently onlineKC135TopBoom From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 12150 posts, RR: 51
Reply 17, posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 6043 times:

An opinion piece in the NYT?               

It was Ike, who gave the initial batch of weapons and training to the then new State of Israel in 1951.

It was Nixion who rushed replacement weapons to Israel during the Yom Kippur War in 1973, and put SAC on increased nuclear alert incase the Russians began resupplying

It was Reagan who supplied new weapons during the 1982 war, and continued to supply Israel with M-60 tanks, F-15 and F-16 fighters, gave parts for KC-707 air refueling conversions, and for E-2C AWACS. All after Carter canceled many of these that were offered during Ford.

Bush-41 and Bush-43 both continued to give Israel advanced weapons, including the F-15I and F-16I, PAC-3, HARPOON, AH-64D, AH-1, C-130J, G-550 ELINT, and others. Bush-43 also authorized the IDF to begin evaluating the soon to enter flight testing CH-53K and the F-35.

Meanwhile, Carter stopped almost everything so he could get the Camp David Accords, Clinton and Obama have also canceled, or not requested from Congress authority to sell new weapons, except the F-35I.

But, I'll give you Kennedy and Johnson, both who supported Israel and Johnson who supported the 1967 war. No democrat administration has supported Israel in the last 45 years.


User currently offlinetrex8 From United States of America, joined Nov 2002, 4769 posts, RR: 14
Reply 18, posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 6017 times:
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It may be in the NYT but it was written by the former head of Mossad who probably knows a whole lot more about the US-Israel relationship and how it has affected Israel than anyone here on a.net!

User currently offlineSpacepope From Vatican City, joined Dec 1999, 2930 posts, RR: 1
Reply 19, posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 5992 times:

Quoting KC135TopBoom (Reply 17):
Bush-41 and Bush-43 both continued to give Israel advanced weapons

Give is the operative word here. Israel, like Egypt, didn't pay a cent.

Crediting Nixon and Reagan is disingenuous. It's not like Carter could have sent weapons in 1973. Perhaps the Israelis were just lucky enough to schedule their wars around republican administrations.

And really... crediting Bush for letting the Israelis think about maybe working on the CH-53K and F-35? You should be giving "mega dittos" to President Obama then for letting them actually fly the V-22 last year then.



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User currently offlineNewark727 From United States of America, joined Dec 2009, 1361 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 5886 times:

Quoting KC135TopBoom (Reply 17):
Meanwhile, Carter stopped almost everything so he could get the Camp David Accords

Which, by helping to bring Egypt out of the Soviet camp, was more helpful to American interests than any shipment of arms to Israel alone could ever be.

Quoting KC135TopBoom (Reply 15):
Perhaps they can buy some Trance 3 Eurofighters from the EU?

Don't let your reflexive distrust of Obama make you lose perspective, the EU is way more tepid toward Israel than any prominent policy maker in the United States.


User currently offlineL410Turbolet From Czech Republic, joined May 2004, 5712 posts, RR: 18
Reply 21, posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 5696 times:

Quoting nomadd22 (Reply 3):
Do you think that informing them we're an unreliable partner who will cancel agreements on a whim will help the relationship?

Arming islamists seems like a much better option...   Do Iranian F-14s ring any bells?

Quoting Newark727 (Reply 20):
the EU is way more tepid toward Israel than any prominent policy maker in the United States.

There is (fortunately) no "EU" when it comes to foreign policy. That bunch of faceless bureacrats in Brussels are just a window dressing. There are abyssmal differences when it comes to approach to literally any major issue in foreign policy. There are some countries which tow the shameful EUrabian line (France, Spain, Sweden, Ireland) when it comes to Israel and there are some which do not.

Quoting Max Q (Reply 12):
And equipment is just that, you can't go up against the Israeli's without a similar level of training and expertise.
The Egyptians don't come close.

Do you really want to gamble on that? They had no problem putting camel jockeys in the cockpit of MiGs during the previous wars against Israel and got their asses whipped badly. What makes you think they would not try their luck this time?


User currently offlinebikerthai From United States of America, joined Apr 2010, 2131 posts, RR: 4
Reply 22, posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 5520 times:

Quoting ImperialEagle (Thread starter):
Also, it is no secret that the Iranian government is continuing to woo the Egyptians.

Ah, but Iran is Shia and Egypt is Sunni . . . an alliance is not in the cards.

As with all things, Middle East politics is much more complicated than any one of us can imagine.

It wouldn't be a surprise to me that these sales are allowed as a kick back for Egypt mediating the recent Palestinian/Israel tit-for-tat. Remember that people were killed!!! Including Israelis Civilians. If this was the case, then to some it would have been worth it.

The 200 tanks is not a major issue . . . you can take them out as they are transported across the Sinai. The F-16 may be more problematic if their range allow them to cross the Sinai. Otherwise restricting them in the Nile Valley would be sufficient to protect Israel. Any movement of these tanks and fighters to the Sinai would deem be provocative an would probably get a major Israel/US response.

Still things are still not settled in Egypt as with the current turmoil between secular and Islamic parties. Democracy is such messy business.

bt



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User currently offlineMax Q From United States of America, joined May 2001, 4524 posts, RR: 18
Reply 23, posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 5417 times:

Quoting L410Turbolet (Reply 21):

Do you really want to gamble on that? They had no problem putting camel jockeys in the cockpit of MiGs during the previous wars against Israel and got their asses whipped badly. What makes you think they would not try their luck this time?

Who got their 'asses whipped ?'


You must be referring to the Egyptians so you're just making my point.


Most of the IAF losses were caused by SAM's not Egyptian fighters.



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User currently offlineTheCol From Canada, joined Jan 2007, 2039 posts, RR: 6
Reply 24, posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 5370 times:

If the US pulls the plug on Egypt, China and Russia will move right in. Basically we will lose all our interests in Egypt and the Suez.


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User currently offlinebikerthai From United States of America, joined Apr 2010, 2131 posts, RR: 4
Reply 25, posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 5371 times:

Quoting L410Turbolet (Reply 21):
What makes you think they would not try their luck this time?

Maybe because Egypt now fly mostly Western Aircraft and getting parts to sustain a campaign would be impossible.

Quoting Max Q (Reply 23):


Most of the IAF losses were caused by SAM's not Egyptian fighters.

Yes, and their confidence back then was bolstered by excellent initial planning of bridging the Suez Canal and attacking the Israeli fortification. Once they got into the heart of the Sinai (and out ran their SAM coverage) they lost the initiative.

However the initial success gave them enough confidence and face saving to allow Egypt to enter a peace treaty with Israel.

Quoting TheCol (Reply 24):
China and Russia will move right in.

Maybe and maybe not. Russia would move in if there was money involved. Don't know if they are willing to give out free tanks and planes any more.

As for China, if they follow their operating procedure for Africa, they would concentrate their influence via economic development, not military. Such development would not result in military prowess for a long time, if ever, since most if not all the profit goes back to China.

Egypt have a little oil, but it's economy is in such shambles that don't think anyone foolish enough to invest . . . anyone except the US.

*******

And finally, anyone here get the idea that this deal just set the ground work for Israel to get their F-35s?

bt

[Edited 2013-01-30 06:33:55]


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User currently offlineTheCol From Canada, joined Jan 2007, 2039 posts, RR: 6
Reply 26, posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 5351 times:

Quoting bikerthai (Reply 25):
Maybe and maybe not. Russia would move in if there was money involved. Don't know if they are willing to give out free tanks and planes any more.
Quoting bikerthai (Reply 25):
As for China, if they follow their operating procedure for Africa, they would concentrate their influence via economic development, not military.

I disagree. Both countries wouldn't pass up on the political and strategic opportunities to be had. China and Russia have a history of exchanging military hardware for economic and strategic rights.



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User currently offlinebikerthai From United States of America, joined Apr 2010, 2131 posts, RR: 4
Reply 27, posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 5341 times:

Quoting TheCol (Reply 26):
China and Russia have a history of exchanging military hardware for economic and strategic rights.

  

I could be convinced by any recent examples of Russia or China providing tanks or fighter planes free of charge . . . Quantities less than 10 should probably be discounted.

The only asset I see Egypt can offer is free passage thru Suez.

bt



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User currently offlineTheCol From Canada, joined Jan 2007, 2039 posts, RR: 6
Reply 28, posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 5263 times:

Quoting bikerthai (Reply 27):
I could be convinced by any recent examples of Russia or China providing tanks or fighter planes free of charge . . .

It isn't free of charge if you're getting something in exchange.

http://www.frontline.org.za/index.ph...tical-social-issues-cat&Itemid=201

http://secondchina.com/Learning_Modules/MIL/content/MIL_export.html



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User currently offlinebikerthai From United States of America, joined Apr 2010, 2131 posts, RR: 4
Reply 29, posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 5234 times:

Quoting TheCol (Reply 28):

  

Just as I thought. Most of the countries noted are paying with oil or mineral rights.

As I said. Egypt is in turmoil right now, politically and economically, don't know if they are in position to get anything other than freebees.    I count the "promise of not attacking your neighbor" as a "freebee"  

bt



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User currently offlineTheCol From Canada, joined Jan 2007, 2039 posts, RR: 6
Reply 30, posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 5181 times:

Quoting bikerthai (Reply 29):

Syria has been in worse shape politically, yet, up until now, that hasn't stopped Russia and China from supplying the Syrian military with their hardware. + If the US cuts Egypt off now, it would be less likely that they would do business with the West when things stabilize.



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User currently offlinebikerthai From United States of America, joined Apr 2010, 2131 posts, RR: 4
Reply 31, posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 5097 times:

Quoting TheCol (Reply 30):
Russia and China from supplying the Syrian military with their hardware.

LOL . . . the difference between Syria and Egypt I think is that Assad had a huge supply of green backs that he can fly to Russia to buy those hardware.

Most of the assets in Egypt is dispersed though out the military complex (generals) and would be difficult to combine for large purchases. Perhaps when Mubarak was in power it may have been possible. I doubt that it would be now as I would suspect most of the liquid assets the big wigs have accumulated have already left the country and is sitting safely in some foreign bank account.

bt



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User currently offlineQuokkas From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 32, posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 2 days ago) and read 5049 times:

Quoting bikerthai (Reply 31):
the difference between Syria and Egypt I think is that Assad had a huge supply of green backs

What? Personally? No dictator, anywhere in the world, would use his (her) own money to fund the dictatorship: that would rather defeat the object. It is assumed by all power brokers that it is the victims of dictatorship who will pay in one way or another. No-one expected the Shah of Iran to be personally responsible for the weapons sold to his undemocratic regime and no-one has made a claim against him, his estate or his descendants. As long as a state is willing to meet its obligations, no-one cares where the money actually comes from. Realpolitik lesson 1.

While the OP does not wish to discuss Israel I wonder why the qualification is made. Does the US care whether Germany and France choose to differ over the price of potatoes? If either is willing to buy weapons from American companies that is only good for business. Would a war between Egypt and Israel actually threaten the US? Only if the US decides for political reasons that were so but the grounds for that decision would have to be more convincing than talk of "democracy" given the current willingness to sell arms to states that are not democratic. Democracy does not necessarily mean that the bills are paid. Realpolitik lesson 2.

The decision on whether to sell arms to Egypt should be made on the basis of whether it benefits the US, not on whether it benefits Israel or Egypt. Any other decision would be contrary to US law. It is debatable whether blind support for Israel advances US interests. If such support undermines American interests elsewhere, continued support might be considered treasonable or counter-productive and no one should forget that the responsibility of the US government, like any other, is to its own citizens. That doesn't mean ignoring what goes on elsewhere but it does not mean blindly supporting the interests of third parties, whether they be Israel, Egypt or Bhutan. Bhutan? Realpolitik lesson 3. No one had heard of Bhutan so who cares? Whoever has the better PR machine will most likely win the prizes.


User currently offlinebikerthai From United States of America, joined Apr 2010, 2131 posts, RR: 4
Reply 33, posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 5028 times:

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 32):

What? Personally? No dictator, anywhere in the world, would use his (her) own money to fund the dictatorship:

True, they make money through the dictatorship. But they would definitely spend the money to:

1) Delay their inevitable down fall (death) long enough to put the rest of the money in some safe place.
2) They can't get the money out of country by any other means because of banking embargo.

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 32):
No one had heard of Bhutan so who cares?

No but I have heard of Brunei.

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 32):
If such support undermines American interests elsewhere, continued support might be considered treasonable or counter-productive and no one should forget that the responsibility of the US government, like any other, is to its own citizens.

Alas US policy and politics are often contradictory. Funny that you mentioned the Shah of Iran because that thread would lead you to Iran-Contra . . . Talk about convoluted foreign policy . . .

bt



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User currently offlineNewark727 From United States of America, joined Dec 2009, 1361 posts, RR: 0
Reply 34, posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 4827 times:

It's also worth pointing out that new military hardware for Egypt goes, logically enough, to the Egyptian military, while Muslim extremist sentiment is concentrated among civilian political movements, and these two poles have been on rather poor terms in the past to put it lightly.

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