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Sunday, December 20, 2009

Which border do they need these to defend?

A request for Congressional approval of a sale of Hellfire II air-to-surface missiles by the United States to Egypt is curiously silent on which of its borders Egypt believes that it needs to defend.
The Government of Egypt has requested a possible sale of 450 AGM-114K3A HELLFIRE II missiles, spare and repair parts, test and tool sets, personnel training and equipment, publications, a U.S. Government and contractor engineering and logistics personnel services, and other related elements of logistics support. The estimated cost is $51 million.

This proposed sale will contribute to the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to improve the security of a friendly country which has been and continues to be an important force for political stability and economic progress in the Middle East.

This proposed sale will contribute to the foreign policy and national security objectives of the United States by improving the military capabilities of Egypt and furthering weapon system standardization and interoperability with U.S. forces.

Egypt needs these missiles in order to defend its own borders and to remain militarily viable in the region. The proposed sale of HELLFIRE missiles will greatly improve Egypt’s defense posture. The missiles will be provided in accordance with, and subject to the limitation on use and transfer provided under the Arms Export Control Act, as amended, as embodied in the Letter of Offer and Acceptance.
The only tanks in Gaza are Israeli tanks that have no reason to enter Egypt. On which border are they going to deploy these missiles? Hmmm.


At 3:50 PM, Blogger me said...

I've always wondered what the rational was for providing all these modern weapons to Egypt. Sudan or Libya as threats? Right.... Giving the military all kinds of nice toys so they have stuff to play with? Maybe but boys with toys tend to use them in destructive ways...


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