Rand Paul: Maybe we shouldn’t be selling F-16s to Egypt
Seems like common sense. Unfortunately, that’s in short supply in Washington.
Sen. Rand Paul told an off-the-record meeting of conservative donors and powerbrokers Monday that he plans to file a bill that would ban sending F-16 fighter jets to Egypt.
“The crowed loved it,” a source told BuzzFeed.
Last year, Lockheed Martin delivered 20 F-16 fighter jets to Egypt as part of $1.3 billion in military aid from the U.S. government, The New York Times reported.
Paul has expressed concern for the practice in the past — but his remarks via Skype to the so-called “Monday Meeting” in New York City showed even firmer support by the Kentucky senator for policies that might cater to Jewish voters, as well as Evangelical groups that are staunchly pro-Israel.
It’s interesting framing by BuzzFeed regarding Jewish and Evangelical voters, but it’s more than that.
The Muslim Brotherhood spawns terrorism, and Egypt is unstable and unreliable post-Mubarak. We don’t need to be selling a potential adversary American fighter jets.