Sen. Jim Inhofe (R., Okla.) sent Secretary of State Hillary Clinton a letter on Monday asking for the delivery of 20 F-16 fighter jets to Egypt to be delayed due to unrest in the country. The first four F-16s are scheduled to arrive by Jan. 22, 2013.
Inhofe released a statement:
“In light of President Morsi’s dictatorial decree and absence of promoting promised democracy, the delivery of the F-16 fighter jets must be delayed,” said Inhofe. “The Obama Administration should not be putting top-of-the-line aircraft in the hands of a government that is perpetuating instability in its region and showing aggression towards our ally, Israel. While this agreement for the F-16s was forged two years ago, Egypt’s leadership has since changed hands, leaving open the question as to how this equipment might be used. Until Egypt is able to establish a democratic parliament and ensure stability for its people, I have asked Sec. Clinton to postpone all deliveries of F-16s for further review.”
Inhofe is a senior member on the Senate Armed Services Committee and a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.