Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood government is set to receive more tanks and fighter jets from the U.S.
These include 200 M1A1 Abrams battle tanks and “a squadron of F-16 Falcon” fighters.
Besides the obvious problems associated with sending weaponry to a government run by the Muslim Brotherhood, one must also consider the precarious position the U.S. will find itself in should war break out between Israel and Egypt.
This concern becomes paramount when one considers how the billions in aide provided annually by the U.S. have enabled Egypt to develop “far and away the largest army in Africa.” Egypt is also the “fourth largest F-16 operator among 25 countries.”
On Thursday, the Pentagon said it is constantly reviewing the foreign assistance policy to make sure “U.S. objectives” are being met and that the equipment is used “for the right purposes.”
What will the U.S. do if American tanks are used to corral, crush, or fire on protesters desperate to march for freedom rather than bow to Morsi’s power grab?