As the bloodshed rages in Cairo, the anti-Obama sentiment is growing, particularly after the U.S. declared Wednesday it was no longer sending four promised F-16 fighter jets to the Egyptian military.
Reports coming out of Egypt early Saturday morning said Egyptian military forces killed over 30 pro-Morsi supporters in one of the deadliest clashes since President Mohammed Morsi was removed from office.
CBS News reporter Clarissa Ward said she counted “at least 39 dead bodies at a makeshift morgue,” all reportedly with gunshot wounds to the “head, neck, face, and heart.”
And all the Obama administration has done to date, some believe, is seemingly punish the anti-Morsi, anti-Muslim Brotherhood faction by halting the shipment of the fighter planes to the Egyptian Air Force.
President Obama, who said weeks ago that the U.S. would not take sides in the military ousting of Muslim Brotherhood-backed Morsi, changed course Wednesday when he had Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announce the U.S. wasn’t sending the fighter planes.
According to the New York Times, Obama halted the shipment of F-16s because he “wanted to send Egypt’s military-led government a signal of American displeasure with the chaotic situation there, which has been marked by continued violence, the detention of Mr. Morsi and other leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood, and a transition that has not included the Brotherhood.”
“Given the current situation in Egypt, we do not believe it is appropriate to move forward at this time with the delivery of F-16s,” the Pentagon’s press secretary George Little said in a statement.
“We’ve been very clear with the military: we understand this is a difficult situation but we want things to get back on track,” an anonymous White House official told the Times. “Trying to break the neck of the Brotherhood is not going to be good for Egypt or for the region.”
The Gateway Pundit compiled tweets from Friday showing some of the anti-Obama sentiment among protestors: