Days after the Obama administration announced drastic cuts in the number of U.S. troops participating in military exercises with Israel, U.S. military planes landed in Egypt for joint exercises with Egypt’s military forces.
Named “Eagle Arena 2012,” the exercise marks the first military interaction between the U.S. and Egypt since Hosni Mubarak was president. It also means our military is officially in joint training exercises with military personnel from a country strongly influenced by the Muslim Brotherhood (Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi is a prominent member of the Muslim Brotherhood).
The exercise will include air and naval training in and over Egypt, Sinai, and the Red Sea. Aircraft and naval vessels from both countries will be used for these exercises.
Not only have we left Israel to face Iran alone, we’re actually teaching one of Iran’s emerging allies how to fight.