US Holds Sale of Fighters to Egypt

A few coup concerns


WASHINGTON — The Obama administration says it is delaying a planned sale of four F-16 fighter jets to Egypt in light of the military overthrow that ousted Mohammed Morsi as president.

Pentagon press secretary George Little says President Barack Obama made the decision to hold up the sale. He said the delay applies only to the F-16 sale; the broader question of whether to suspend $1.3 billion in annual military assistance in response to the Egyptian military's removal of the country's Islamist president three weeks ago has not been settled.

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  1. Sounds like another case where our friendly domestic F-16 manufacturer gets to “sell” four of its product to Egypt which in turn pays for the jets out of the $1.3B proceeds of annual U.S. taxpayer largesse.

    Meanwhile, you can bet your last hard-earned taxpayer dollar that millions, from both the manufacturer and the Egyptians, was “contributed” for congressional and presidential baksheesh; the politicians and lobbyists more euphemistically call “campaign contributions!”

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