Obama to Sell Tanks to Egypt/Muslim Brotherhood

Hey, kids, Obama has a fab-u-lous idea: it's time to sell 125 M1A1 tanks and other offensive weapons, equipment, training and logistical support to a bunch of IslamoNazis.

Months ago, Seraphic Secret predicted—not a hard call if you have some common sense—that the so-called Arab spring would end up as a launching pad for the Jew-hating, genocidal yearning Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt.

We were assured by El Presidente Obama that it was young people—slick rhetorical trick whereby “young” confers legitimacy—who are in the vanguard of these Arab revolutions and gee, it’ll turn out just swell.

Of course, as with all his foreign policy initiatives, Obama and his comfortable media elite enablers got it completely wrong.

First of all, it was not young people who first rose up, but one man, Mohamed Bouazizi, 26, an impoverished Tunisian fruit vendor in the city of Sidi Bouzid, who was humiliated when Faida Hamdy, a 45-year-old female municipal inspector, moved to confiscate his cart and scales and, when he resisted, slapped him in the face.

So great was Bouazizi’s despair and shame that, a few hours later, he doused himself in paint thinner and set himself on fire; the unique intersection of a desire for economic freedom and the shame-honor culture that permeates the Arab Muslim world.

The subsequent ripples of protest in the Arab Muslim world were quickly and efficiently coopted by the Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamist gangs.

There is, no doubt, a desire for freedom in the Arab Muslim world. But those seeking Western style freedoms are viewed as heretics by the Islamists who are, by far, the best organized and well-financed political groups in the Arab Muslim world.

Enter Barack Obama—sigh—again.

Indeed, his affection for the Muslim Brotherhood is undeniable.

And because Obama exists in something of an ideological coma it seems only natural for the smartest POTUS ever—Ralph Waldo Emerson said: “Character is higher than intellect”—to sell offensive weapons to Egypt at a time when the country is teetering on the edge of chaos, at a time when its main cities lack adequate sewage—huge swaths of Cairo smell like an open sewer because they are open sewers—at a time when feeding its vast population is a grave problem, and at a time when the Muslim Brotherhood is poised to rule the country.

Yup, now’s the perfect time to sell Egypt advanced weaponry.

Or maybe this is more—G-d preserve us—Obamanomics: Sell out Israel and America’s staggering national debt will, y’know, vanish.

Jonathan Tobin urges that we put a halt to this arms deal:

While everyone in Washington was concentrating on the debt crisis this week, the Obama administration attempted to slip through a questionable arms deal that requires serious scrutiny. Though it got little attention, the Defense Department officially notified Congress on Friday that it was authorizing the sale of 125 M1A1 tanks to Egypt as well as other weapons, equipment, parts, training and logistical support. While most of the military sales to Egypt have sailed through without objection in the more than 30 years since it signed a peace deal with Israel, this is the first such sale since the fall of the Mubarak regime earlier this year. Which is exactly why the sale ought to be held up until the unsettled situation in the most populous country in the Arab world is better understood.

Congress has 30 days to register its formal objections to the proposed sale. That it should do so is imperative. The reasons for a delay are not complicated.

In the wake of Mubarak’s fall from power, the Egyptian military seems to have retained a firm grip on power. But the army seems intent on sharing power with a resurgent Muslim Brotherhood movement that threatens the foundation of the relationship between the United States and Egypt.

Full article here.

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10 Comments

  1. Posted July 11, 2011 at 7:29 pm | Permalink

    I knew an old Marine who would have said “Un-effing-believable!!”
     
    (Robert, I replaced one of his words in deference to your Rule #1)

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    • Robert J. Avrech
      Posted July 12, 2011 at 10:22 am | Permalink

      Prophet:

      Unbelievable is my reaction to most everything this administration does.

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  2. K
    Posted July 11, 2011 at 5:11 pm | Permalink

    Three points.
    1. If the Egyptian military was thinking of taking over the country, more M-1s would make that easier. They wouldn’t need the most sophisticated IR and computer systems for that either.
    2. The M-1, while still one of the best tanks in the world,  is a 30 year old design which is vulnerable to downward warhead firing missiles – which I expect the Israeli’s are likely fielding.
    3. Air supremacy outranks tank superiority any day. Get worried when Obama sells them stingers.  

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    • Johnny
      Posted July 11, 2011 at 5:35 pm | Permalink

      K:  Good info.  Even if the new tanks can be neutralized by Israel it would still be better not to give them any ideas about trying. 
       
      And if the MB tell Obama – please oh great one, in the name of Allah, please sell us some stingers so we can teach our peaceful brothers how to hunt quail, Barry would personally tie the bows on the gift boxes.

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    • Robert J. Avrech
      Posted July 12, 2011 at 10:27 am | Permalink

      K:

      Thanks so much for the military input. All true. I’m not worried about Egypt going head to head with israel in a tank battle. The Egyptians are hopeless at tank of warfare. They use their tanks as entrenched firing platforms which is suicide aginst the Israeli doctrine of maneuver, shoot and scoot.

      I am worried about the Muslim Brotherhood using these tanks domestically to crush all opposition and set up an Islamist government. Huge segments of the military are in bed with the Islamists. Arming Egypt at this time is stupid and dangerous.

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      • Pax ad Israelum
        Posted July 12, 2011 at 1:19 pm | Permalink

        What’s very sad about the Egyptian inability to use tanks is “maneuver, shoot, and scoot” was the tactic that gained Islam all its victories, except the very earliest—it’s the foundation of the light cavalry tactics used by the Turks, and adopted by all the rest of the Islamic world. You’d think people whose ancestors were Mamluks might’ve noticed how they fought. Now, of course, light cavalry and its oblique archery sweeps couldn’t stand up to Western heavy cavalry with its direct lance charges (arguably the direct lance charge was the equivalent of an airstrike; Muslims only won against Western horse if they had at least a 5:1 numerical advantage, or if the Westerners pursued them when they broke away, since light cavalry, with its superior speed and maneuverability, can easily flank pursuing heavy cavalry).
         
        The military is probably the best bet for sane government in Egypt, however poor a bet it may be; but giving them something like tactical advisers (who can report back to us) would’ve made more sense than tanks. And the Republicans can give the israelis A10 Thunderbolts, the attack-planes just designed for turning tanks into the world’s most expensive scrap metal, when they take back the government.

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  3. Johnny
    Posted July 11, 2011 at 3:48 pm | Permalink

    not a hard call if you have some common sense
     
    Robert, living in Los Angeles you are well aware that common sense is not very common.  If it were Obama would still be a community organizer trying to find a neighborhood that will listen to his ideas.
     
    Egypt is the best example of the dangers awaiting friends of the U.S.  Kill your people and hate America like Syria and you will not have to worry about Barry coming after you.  Now if Europe were to come to Obama saying NATO needs to go into Syria he’ll strap on his helmet and play Patton.  And if you are a long time friend of the U.S. like Mubarek you had better start packing your bags for Paris.

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    • Robert J. Avrech
      Posted July 12, 2011 at 10:38 am | Permalink

      Johnny:

      Obama refers to his foreign policy doctrine as realism. America’s enemies correctly understand this as weakness.

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  4. exdemexlib
    Posted July 11, 2011 at 10:32 am | Permalink

    If Obama wants to bring in income by selling arms to a country, let him sell the tanks and arms to the newly independent Southern Sudan. 

    And if he can’t have the US stand idly by while men women and children are slaughtered, then maybe he can authorize military intervention against the northen Sudanese slavers, rapists, murderers, and genocidists.

    But he can’t and won’t because he gives Muslims a free pass…

    It is beyond disgrace that the first US black president allows slavery, rape, and genocide of Christian African blacks because he bows down to a White Muslim King, and terrorist-supporting Muslim leaders.

    Where are all the black Christian preachers?!  What does the Nation of Islam have to say about this? Where are Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson,  and J. Wright?!

    It will be with great shame that history remembers Obama, the first black president.

    (It’s too bad that the first black president couldn’t have been Allen West … :-((  )

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    • Robert J. Avrech
      Posted July 12, 2011 at 10:42 am | Permalink

      Exdem:

      And of course it is Israel who is extending diplomatic recognition and humanitarian aide to South Sudan where Obama is a no-show, instead expending energy trying to determine where Jews can and cannot live in the Land of Israel.

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