For your information, on Jan. 22, the new Islamic government in Egypt is scheduled to begin taking delivery of 10 state-of-the-art F-16 fighter jets and 200 Abrams tanks; all courtesy of U.S. taxpayers. The F-16s, built by Lockheed-Martin, would increase Egypt’s fleet of fighter jets to 210 and its number of tanks to over a thousand. Some critics in Congress say the deal should be rescinded by the president not only because of our fiscal problems, but perhaps more importantly, because of the possibility that these arms could end up being used against our neighboring ally, Israel, or even against the Egyptian people, should Egypt ever face another revolt.
This $213 million deal is part of a $1.3 billion foreign aid package announced in May 2011 by President Obama when American ally Hosni Mubarak was still president of Egypt. By all accounts, the president still plans to go through this deal starting Tuesday, Jan. 22, even though the newly-elected Sharia Law-based Islamic government still teeters over an angry population being forced to accept an Islamic government they do not want. For your information.
A call to the offices of senator’s Feinstein and Boxer and Representative McClintock to secure their demand to rescind this deal would be very helpful right about now.
ANTHONY J. ARJIL