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U.S. Senate Gives Muslim Brotherhood More Weapons

So let me get this straight: Egypt is unraveling and is led by a man who has called Jews, "apes and pigs" and yet the U.S. government is sending money, tanks, and F-16s to the Muslim Brotherhood in their quest to secure control of Egypt.

Nice. Oy.

Sen. Rand Paul tried to stop this today with an amendment to a debt limit bill but to no avail. His amendment went down to defeat 79-19. It never had a shot and Sen. Paul knew that but he decided to inject a bit of common sense into the Senate proceedings. No wonder it was defeated!

Read more on what Sen. Paul said about this on the Senate floor today.

I rise today to present legislation that would stop the transfer of F-16s and Abrams tanks to Egypt. I think it particularly unwise to send tanks and our most sophisticated fighter planes to Egypt at a time at which many are saying the country may be unraveling.

Ironically, a year ago the Arab spring occurred. Hundreds of thousands of people gathered in Tahrir square to protest a government that was instituting martial law. Ironically the current President now has instituted martial law and once again the dreaded indefinite intention is threatened to citizens in Egypt.

As the writing expands, many see Egypt descending into chaos. What is President Obama’s response to this? To send them some of the most sophisticated weapons we have: F-16 fighters and Abrams tanks. I think this is particularly unwise, and this legislation will stop it.

I think this is particularly unwise since Egypt is currently governed by a religious zealot, a religious zealot who said recently that ‘Jews were bloodsuckers and descendants of apes and pigs.’ This doesn’t sound like the kind of stable personality we would be sending our most sophisticated weapons to.

I think it is a grave mistake to send F-16s and tanks to a country that detained American citizens on trumped up political charges. On a country that currently is still detaining Egyptian citizens on trumped-up political charges.

I think it is a blunder of the first proportion to send sophisticated weapons to a country that allowed a mob to attack our embassy and to burn our flag. I find it objectionable to send weapons, F-16s and tanks, to a company that allowed a mob chanting “death to America” to threaten our American diplomats.

I am concerned that these weapons, some of the most sophisticated weapons in the world, someday may be used against Israel. I’m concerned that these weapons threaten Israel’s security and that sending weapons to a country with a president who recently was seen to be chanting “amen” to a cleric that was saying “death to Israel and death to those who support Israel.”

I think it’s foolhardy to support and send arms to both sides of an arms race. We send 20 F-16s to Egypt which already has 240 F-16s. We send 20 in addition. What does Israel feel? They’ve got to have two for every one Egypt has. It escalates an arms race. It makes it more difficult for Israel to defend herself.

Today we have a chance to stop this folly. I urge my Senators to instruct the President that we will not send any more F-16s and any more Abrams tanks to the current government of Egypt. Thank you, Mr. President, and I yield back my time.

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Comments on this post

# RE: U.S. Senate Gives Muslim Brotherhood More Weapons

This only shows the Presidents true feelings about Israel. He will send money and military equipment to those who hate Israel. We need that money here to take care of our own people. Can you now see why the protection on our country has been lifted? When we no longer support Israel we can expect to be cursed by God.
Left by KellieC on Jan 31, 2013 5:30 PM

# RE: U.S. Senate Gives Muslim Brotherhood More Weapons

What is the matter with our government? Giving F-16s and Abram tanks to the Muslim Brotherhood in charge in Egypt is like throwing firecrackers into an ammunition depot!
Left by liberty49 on Jan 31, 2013 6:23 PM

# RE: U.S. Senate Gives Muslim Brotherhood More Weapons

It is appalling that the Senate would not pass Sen Paul's bill. Do they really not understand the threat that the muslim brotherhood poses worldwide? Our country is rapidly slipping away from its citizens as are our constitutional rights. Is this about political correctness? We have gone over that cliff. This country used to be called a "melting pot" because people were proud to be first and foremost Americans. Culturally important things were done in their groups. Now every group has to be recognized as special and we have to bow at their altar or we are labelled as "haters". I am a Christian and proud of it. I don't hate any of these special groups but that does not mean I have to approve or even like everything they espouse. We still have a first amendment - and we better fight hard to hang on to it. I am so disappointed in our government. They seem to have lost every bit of common sense. It is frightening.
Left by gayle on Jan 31, 2013 6:50 PM

# RE: U.S. Senate Gives Muslim Brotherhood More Weapons

Those 79 Senator's need to go in the next election. They have no common sense at all. And for a fact, I have read from some very reliable sources, that most of the Senators are always drinking. Who know's if their heads are on right. No, this can not go on.
Left by SPEAKTHEWORDNOW.COM on Jan 31, 2013 9:24 PM

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Left by JAN on Jan 31, 2013 10:13 PM

# RE: U.S. Senate Gives Muslim Brotherhood More Weapons

Finally someone in washington who acually has good sense and guts. Rand 2016!
Left by kelly on Feb 01, 2013 1:06 PM

# RE: U.S. Senate Gives Muslim Brotherhood More Weapons

What in the name of Almighty God is wrong with this countrie's goverment? Day was, if a decesion like this was made, the Chief would go on TV and at least explain some rational.
So disapointed!
However, I will still stand on the promise from my God, that "If my people, who are called by My name, will turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from Heaven". That is not the wordly citizens, that is US, the deciples of Christ.
Left by Seeking God's Pearls on Feb 03, 2013 11:23 PM