Guess who just got 4 more F-16's from Uncle Sam?
If you guessed Egypt, you win a cookie.
Four more F-16 fighter jets left the U.S. on Thursday headed for Egypt as part of a foreign aid package that has generated controversy given the political upheaval in the Mideast country.
Critics say the military aid should stop because the president Egyptians elected last year has led the Muslim Brotherhood, called President Obama liar and urged that hatred of Jews be instilled in children.
A source who works on the naval air base in Fort Worth, Texas, confirmed to FoxNews.com the departure of the state-of-the-art fighter planes. The new shipment brings the total number of F-16 jets given to Egypt this year to 12.
Eight more F-16s will be given to the Egyptian government before the end of the year as part of a billion-dollar foreign aid deal signed in 2010 with then-Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, a longtime U.S. ally. The U.S. also will send 200 Abrams tanks.
Critics, including several in Congress, say it doesn't make sense to follow through with the package. While current Egyptian President Mohammad Morsi has toned down his rhetoric since his election last summer, in 2010 Morsi attacked Obama for supporting Israel.
"One American president after another -- and most recently, that Obama -- talks about American guarantees for the safety of the Zionists in Palestine," Morsi, then a leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, said on Egyptian TV in reaction to Obama's 2009 speech in Cairo. "[Obama] was very clear when he uttered his empty words on the land of Egypt. He uttered many lies."
In the comments translated by the Middle East Media Research Institute, Morsi also urged that children be taught to hate Jews.
"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," he said in 2010. "They must be nursed on hatred. The hatred must continue."
Why not just give a billion dollars worth of military equipment to al-Qaeda? Both the Muslim Brotherhood and the terrorists have the same goal; the elimination of the "Zionists" in Israel.
The secondary justification for this aid is that it helps pro-western elements in the Egyptian military who may yet play a large role in the future of their country. The Brotherhood has squandered any goodwill it had when the extremists were elected to parliament. New elections - delayed until a new electoral law can pass muster with the Supreme Court - may cut into the Islamist majority. It is by no means clear that the Brotherhood has any intention of giving up an ounce of power. This will almost certainly drive non-Islamists into the streets resulting in chaos. In this scenario, the army becomes vital to keeping the country together.
But will American aid really help keep some in the military friendly to the US? There's no evidence for it, and indeed, the army has been purged of a lot of Mubarak-era officers who presumably liked the billions in aid we dispensed over the years.
At the very least, the aid should have been delayed until a clearer picture emerges of how the Brotherhood will deal with its domestic political opposition. President Morsi recently had a TV comedian arrested for making fun of him. If this is how the Islamists will deal with political opposition, perhaps we should forgoe giving them aid altogether.