In a response to President Obama’s decision to send 16 Block 52 F-16 “Fighting Falcon” fighter jets and 200 M1A1 Abrams Main Battle Tanks to Egypt, Larry Bailey, a retired Navy SEAL captain and co-founder of Special Operations Speaks, is speaking out. Bailey’s group says the weapons would give the Islamist government updated technological air and ground combat capabilities and an offensive military capability that could be used against Israel.
Special Operations Speaks released the following statement from Bailey:
These modern US weapons are part of a package of military aid to Egypt that was concluded in 2010 with the previous Hosni Mubarak regime. The times and our relationship with Egypt have changed and not for the better. The Obama Administration is providing this aid package despite the dangerous change of government in Egypt, the current instability and violence, and the viciously anti-Semitic and anti-Israel rhetoric of President Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood from which he stems.
President Morsi has made no qualms about his racist views towards Israel, his radical Islamist beliefs, or his willingness to impose dictatorial measures on Christians and the opposition party in Egypt. Yet for some reason Barack Obama thinks that giving Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood allies newer, highly advanced fighter jets and the most lethal of modern tanks on the battlefield will lead to stability in the region.
This is liberal foreign policy at its most inept. President Morsi was recently quoted as saying, “Dear brothers, we must not forget to nurse our children and grandchildren on hatred towards those Zionists and Jews, and all those who support them. They must be nursed on hatred. The hatred must continue.”
Morsi has referred to our Israeli allies as “blood-suckers … warmongers, the descendants of apes and pigs … We must all realize that resistance (read as “terrorism) is the only way to liberate the land of Palestine.” Last October, Morsi was also shown on Egyptian television fervent in prayer in a mosque as the cleric chanted, “Oh Allah, destroy the Jews and their supporters. Oh Allah, disperse them, rend them asunder. Oh Allah, demonstrate your might and greatness upon them. Show us your omnipotence, oh Lord.”
If the United States of America endorses a man like this with a gift of our most modern weapons of war, what do we stand for? How can Israel ever believe they can count on our support in the future? And what message are we sending to other Islamists in the Muslim Brotherhood around the world who would like to see Israel extinguished and the United States left in the dustbin of history?
It is the height of madness to give radical Islamists – who openly hate our allies – new and more powerful weapons with which they could potentially destroy them. Special Operations Speaks condemns the Obama Administration’s decision to follow through on the deal in the strongest terms, and urges all patriotic Americans to join us in demanding this deal stop before any more jets and tanks fall into the hands of extremists.
Special Operations Speaks describes itself as a nationwide organization led by highly decorated special operation forces (Special Forces, Air Commandos, SEALs, Rangers, Marine Recon) veterans. Among its stated goals is a commitment “to illuminate the failed operational security environment of the Administration and to provide the public with accurate information about these repeated releases of highly classified information.” The group’s website is specialoperationsspeaks.com.