How dangerous are US F-16 fighter jets gifted to Egypt?
Closer look at aircraft's capabilities
- Duration 5:28
- Date Jan 23, 2013
Closer look at aircraft's capabilities
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On the back to Hannity tonight we are raising some very serious questions about the Obama administration's decision to hand over some of our most deadly military weapons to Egypt.
Now particularly given the nation's ties to an anti American terrorist group like the Muslim Brotherhood.
Joining me now to explain just how idiotic the proposal is to give away twenty of our F sixteens and 200.
Of our tanks to a country led by a 9/11 truth -- like Mohamed Morsi we have retired air force lieutenant colonel Thomas -- -- -- He's a Fox's military analyst and Fox News contributor Liz Cheney -- -- both the -- -- -- on -- I know you know this region very very well I know the argument was there were more moderate people in the military.
But they've been replaced.
By supporters of Mohamed Morsi.
Bottle it what is the reason tell me the motivation here knowing that this kind of put Israel at risk.
You know I can't I can't imagine -- the motivation is -- have a situation where.
The the gifted these F sixteens was approved back in 2010.
We had a very different set of circumstances the Egyptian military under Hosni Mubarak had in fact been an important ally of the United States.
I think that the Egyptian military still has the potential to be.
Somewhat of a balancing factor against the Muslim Brotherhood however.
Yeah it is the case that the president -- has replaced the head of the military he's put in his own person.
Certainly at this point -- -- the resurgence of al-Qaeda across North Africa.
Given the ties of the Egyptian government two terrorist organizations like Hamas.
Given the fact the president Morrissey has proven again and again and again he doesn't view the United States is a friend.
We need to stop this bad movement of these that F sixteen -- do we need to take another look at exactly -- We are in fact relating to the government of Egypt and we need to get to a point frankly where the United States once again -- some credibility in the region where we say.
Way down general it's it goes back to very simple question.
You got a guy that's a part of a terror group.
A guy that tonight eleven truth -- he calls the Israelis apes and pigs all the things were describing vampires.
He -- this why would Obama give somebody that is so anti Israel.
The very weapons they could destroy them.
Well Sean this is a very good question number I'm delighted that you're highlighting it first -- there's no question that the months of Muslim Brotherhood.
Are radical Islam much.
So we have a situation that dramatically changed since 2010.
That the only thing that I could see was there was a deal struck when more -- Told him us to quit the attacks on the Israelis.
When they were -- -- -- And -- and the Israelis almost went to war that may have been what they're quid pro quo was I do not know that but this is a very risky decision.
They are very capable airplanes -- latest blocked their -- 52.
We have six teams they're not not cost you're not low cost export models did the very best we've got now they already have 200 and -- And this additional twining.
We'll make them 240 Williams -- fourth largest F sixteen air force in the world.
Isn't that large -- larger in terms of the the the F sixteens the planes that the Israelis have is that more than them.
Yes that that is larger than -- Israelis.
And in the Israelis are more capable pilots but there's no question that numbers have an impact so we are now in a very dangerous.
Position I think it should be reassessed.
There's a value to keep the Egyptian military on our side there is no question that -- -- replaced the chief of the defense staff.
And -- put his leadership in and year in a situation like when Hitler took over in 33.
From the German generals thought they could control him.
When you have.
Autocratic governments like this.
You're not going to control an individual.
Like more she's so we're in a very dangerous position I think it's very important that we have a national discussion yeah.
Liz is would this be any different then.
Giving these planes to Auckland then they shot an -- and why -- why not see a difference to I would isn't the same.
You know I don't think it's it's exactly the same shot but I think you clearly have a situation here where.
The message this president is sent is there are no consequences to crossing United States there are no consequences you know you -- our.
Conklin Ben Ghazi you kill our ambassador you kill -- other Americans no consequences no one's been held to account.
In this particular case.
President Morrissey a laugh out -- members of al-Qaeda to overrun the American Embassy in Kyle allowed them to -- out our flag and fly the al-Qaeda flag.
Allowed all of that to happen.
When you know he had responsibility as a sovereign government.
To ensure the protection and security of our people and in the aftermath of that for us to be providing to the egyptians.
These F sixteen -- once again the message that the United States.
Is not a -- have to reckon with we are not any longer the kind of powerful nation that we need to be for the world to be safe and secure yourself.
It's a very traveling at turn of events well said both the U and really appreciate your insight and your time tonight thank you.