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US Sending 20 More F-16s to Egypt, Despite Dictatorial Morsi

•, by John Glaser

The United States is sending more than 20 F-16 fighter jets to the Egyptian government as part of a $1 billion foreign aid package, despite the fact that mass protests have been revived following successive dictatorial measure by the newly elected President Mohammad Morsi.

Morsi just recently backed off a controversial decree immunizing himself from judicial scrutiny after Egyptians once again hit the streets to protest the executive overreach. But he then turned around and practically established martial law, granting the army the power to arrest civilians and prompting more outrage.

The US agreement to send Egypt the fighter jets was established in 2010, back when long-time US client dictator Hosni Mubarak still ruled. Despite the change in leadership – and despite the Egyptian government’s lamentable behavior since the revolution – Washington is going ahead with the aid package.

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