Meanwhile in Egypt, a demand for expedited Russian arms shipments

posted at 6:41 pm on March 20, 2014 by Bruce McQuain

The Jerusalem Post is reporting that Egypt, the target of a weapons ban by the US, has a new BFF in Russia and is asking the Putin government to expedite some military hardware for them:

Egyptian army chief Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has recently intensified contact with the Russian Defense Ministry in order to expedite the completion of an arms deal.

According to senior Egyptian sources that the Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Rai quoted in a report on Wednesday, the deal with Russia includes advanced aircraft, monitoring equipment and other sophisticated weapons that would be used to fight terrorism emanating from Sinai.

The urgent move to close the deal for needed weapons comes after a report on Tuesday that the White House was delaying the delivery of an arms deal that included 10 Apache helicopters. An Egyptian military source told the London- based Arab daily Asharq al-Awsat that the arms deal was intended to help put down the Islamist insurgency in Sinai.

The delay continues an ongoing US partial aid and weapons freeze that has largely been seen as punishment for Sisi’s military coup and crackdown on former president Mohamed Morsi and his supporters.

It probably comes as a surprise to some that we’re still playing this game given the ties to terrorism the Morsi government certainly had.  Although a “coup” is not the preferred method of changing a government, when engaged in realpolitik, sometimes a coup does you a favor by removing an even worse government. And in this case, remember how the Obama administration went through some pretty extensive verbal contortions not to call this a “coup”.

That being said, another rather dubious sanction has had the predictable result. Countries that want advanced weapons don’t only have to shop in the US. And the unwillingness of the US to release weapons ordered (and presumably paid for) by Egypt became enough of a sticking point that Egypt has decided to turn elsewhere for help. The result? An ally we nurtured for decades as a means to furthering the Middle Eastern peace process has turned away from the US.

Another in a long list of foreign policy failures by the Obama administration.

~McQ


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Arab spring in full bloom!

Schadenfreude on March 20, 2014 at 6:43 PM

But Obama’s so Cooooool. He’s so Hiiiip.

No Drama Obama.

In a time when we need a Reagan/Teddy Roosevelt, we get Jimmy Carter/Woodrow Wilson.

portlandon on March 20, 2014 at 6:44 PM

An ally we nurtured for decades as a means to furthering the Middle Eastern peace process has turned away from the US.

Another in a long list of foreign policy failures by the Obama administration.

Ah, but they aren’t failures….Bammy’s foreign policy, like all his policies, is as intended.

hawkeye54 on March 20, 2014 at 6:45 PM

we get Jimmy Carter/Woodrow Wilson.

On steroids, or maybe choom……or both.

hawkeye54 on March 20, 2014 at 6:46 PM

And I think the Egyptians would still like to extradite Obama and McCain so they could put them on trial with their friend Morsi.

VorDaj on March 20, 2014 at 6:47 PM

In a time when we need a Reagan/Teddy Roosevelt, we get Jimmy Carter/Woodrow Wilson Pee Wee Herman/Joe Izusu.

portlandon on March 20, 2014 at 6:44 PM

VorDaj on March 20, 2014 at 6:48 PM

sometimes a coup does you a favor by removing an even worse government

My calculus of Assad is shifting with the revelation of the Christian slaughterhouses.

John the Libertarian on March 20, 2014 at 6:49 PM

Ah, but they aren’t failures….Bammy’s foreign policy, like all his policies, is as intended.

hawkeye54 on March 20, 2014 at 6:45 PM

Yup.

rbj on March 20, 2014 at 6:52 PM

Egyptian army chief Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has recently intensified contact with the Russian Defense Ministry in order to expedite the completion of an arms deal.

I guess they are going with the more reliable source. The US is backing the Muslim Brotherhood and Al-Qaeda/Al-Nusra in Syria and the Egyptian government may be beginning to realize what that means.

It will be a miracle if the US has any allies left after the nutters in the Obama administration re done and their lunatic reflections in the GOP like Rubio/McCain.

sharrukin on March 20, 2014 at 6:53 PM

This must part of that 8 dimensional chess Obama plays.

rob verdi on March 20, 2014 at 6:54 PM

Egypt has no time to waste here. For the next two and a half years it is open season for any second or third tier country, state, wannabe to step out beyond their borders and exert their “influence” however they see fit. The Obama administration isn’t going to do jack squat about anything Russia, Iran, North Korea (insert your favorite pest here) does that ordinarily would cost a foreign entity dearly.

If someone steps over the line now, it will be three years before a new administration, hopefully one with a clue about international relations and a backbone, steps up to deal with situation. By then, however, the new norm will have been established so good luck trying to reverse any adverse situation diplomatically.

parke on March 20, 2014 at 6:56 PM

Obama would have preferred a Muslim Brotherhood government getting weapons from the Russians.

albill on March 20, 2014 at 6:56 PM

Another in a long list of foreign policy failures by the Obama administration.

And Juan Williams just finished a round on Special Report all but declaring the rat-eared idiot’s foreign policy to be brilliant. This will be the media narrative even as Russian Tanks roll up Pennsylvania Avenue.

The lazy stupid bastard all the people around him just don’t get it. They are not even taking foreign affairs seriously which will mean that ALL the problems will merely snowball.

Happy Nomad on March 20, 2014 at 6:57 PM

Obama’s foreign policy is just awesome!

blue13326 on March 20, 2014 at 6:57 PM

My calculus of Assad is shifting with the revelation of the Christian slaughterhouses.

John the Libertarian on March 20, 2014 at 6:49 PM

Shut up about that or I’ll throw another temper tantrum! – John “Strawberries” McCain

VorDaj on March 20, 2014 at 6:58 PM

Obama would have preferred a Muslim Brotherhood government getting weapons from the Russians.

albill on March 20, 2014 at 6:56 PM

But no military assistance to the Ukrainians who are about to be completely occupied by another nation.

Happy Nomad on March 20, 2014 at 6:58 PM

Obama would have preferred a Muslim Brotherhood government getting weapons from the Russians.

albill on March 20, 2014 at 6:56 PM

Obama would be the one supplying those weapons to the Muslim Brotherhood just like he is doing in Syria, and as he did in Libya.

sharrukin on March 20, 2014 at 6:58 PM

Obama’s foreign policy is just awesome!

blue13326 on March 20, 2014 at 6:57 PM

I concur completely.

PootyPoot on March 20, 2014 at 6:59 PM

Obama’s foreign policy is just awesome!

blue13326 on March 20, 2014 at 6:57 PM

Pure, unadulterated genious, in Bammy’s mind or what passes for one.

hawkeye54 on March 20, 2014 at 7:00 PM

Welcome to the (ongoing) formation of the New World Order.Iraq – gone; Afghanistan – gone; Egypt – gone; Libya – going; Pakistan – enemy; Ukraine – gone?; Syria – still gone; Iran – nuclear power; Saudi Arabia – going; Israel…?…O’s working on their demise.

vnvet on March 20, 2014 at 7:00 PM

It`s Putin`s world. We`re just living in it.

ThePrez on March 20, 2014 at 7:04 PM

Welcome to the (ongoing) formation of the New World Order.Iraq – gone; Afghanistan – gone; Egypt – gone; Libya – going; Pakistan – enemy; Ukraine – gone?; Syria – still gone; Iran – nuclear power; Saudi Arabia – going; Israel…?…O’s working on their demise.

vnvet on March 20, 2014 at 7:00 PM

Working on our demise as well. And able to get in vacays, golf games, talk show appearances AND make NCCA bracket pics. Quite the multi-tasker, Bammy is. Awesome!

hawkeye54 on March 20, 2014 at 7:04 PM

pajamaboy/everdiso is floating around the threads, telling all how strong obama is and how weak Putin…

In reality LilliPutin is strong because obama is a lilliputian.

Schadenfreude on March 20, 2014 at 7:07 PM

Working on our demise as well. And able to get in vacays, golf games, talk show appearances AND make NCCA bracket pics. Quite the multi-tasker, Bammy is. Awesome!

hawkeye54 on March 20, 2014 at 7:04 PM

You forgot comedy Hawk. He does comedy too.

JusDreamin on March 20, 2014 at 7:13 PM

Well duh. What are we going to do when the bill comes due for the next Soyuz, or Progress, launch to the ISS? Or a space taxi ride for an astronaut?

Stupid administration.

cozmo on March 20, 2014 at 7:13 PM

Heh, and Obama and his cronies keep pushing for gun bans in the US???

Soon, Americans will want to buy guns from Russia…..

Kind of like a reverse of Fast & Furious….

Maybe Furious & Fast?

redguy on March 20, 2014 at 7:14 PM

Enemies of radical islamists are enemies of obama.

GaltBlvnAtty on March 20, 2014 at 7:14 PM

Shut up about that or I’ll throw another temper tantrum! – John “Strawberries” McCain

VorDaj on March 20, 2014 at 6:58 PM

Old man yells at Christians.

rbj on March 20, 2014 at 7:15 PM

Actually Putin and Russia maybe the only ones who can control the Islamo Nazis……

redguy on March 20, 2014 at 7:16 PM

Can we get some of those Russian arms over here?
My wife wants her own AK-47.

dentarthurdent on March 20, 2014 at 7:17 PM

You forgot comedy Hawk. He does comedy too.

JusDreamin on March 20, 2014 at 7:13 PM

Comedy? Ah, so that’s what he calls it. Coulda fooled me.

hawkeye54 on March 20, 2014 at 7:17 PM

Heh, and Obama and his cronies keep pushing for gun bans in the US???
Soon, Americans will want to buy guns from Russia…..
Kind of like a reverse of Fast & Furious….
Maybe Furious & Fast?

redguy on March 20, 2014 at 7:14 PM

You betcha!!!
Maybe some bigger shipments would bring the prices down.
AK prices have been way too high for the last couple years, thanks to King Putt, Gun Salesman of the Century.

dentarthurdent on March 20, 2014 at 7:19 PM

Actually Putin and Russia maybe the only ones who can control the Islamo Nazis……

redguy on March 20, 2014 at 7:16 PM

And Bammy thinks we don’t have nearly enough of them here on the tax-payers dime.

hawkeye54 on March 20, 2014 at 7:20 PM

Putin VS Obama/McCain.

Muslim Brotherhood…

No money, no grain supplies: Russia declines to quench Egypt’s thirst for aid

Morsi, whose country has been in economic crisis, asks Russia for grain, loan but secures neither at talks with Putin.

And the current Egyptian government…

http://www.raymondibrahim.com/in-the-media/putin-winning-egypt/

Putin said this week that Field Marshal Sisi, 59, who is likely to run for the presidency in Egypt and is in Moscow to negotiate a $2 billion arms deal with Russia, has his backing if he runs.

Is it any wonder that they are drifting away?

sharrukin on March 20, 2014 at 7:20 PM

Putin VS Obama/McCain.

Muslim Brotherhood…

Morsi, whose country has been in economic crisis, asks Russia for grain, loan but secures neither at talks with Putin.

And the current Egyptian government…

Putin said this week that Field Marshal Sisi, 59, who is likely to run for the presidency in Egypt and is in Moscow to negotiate a $2 billion arms deal with Russia, has his backing if he runs.

Is it any wonder that they are drifting away?

sharrukin on March 20, 2014 at 7:22 PM

The Obama administration isn’t going to do jack squat about anything Russia, Iran, North Korea (insert your favorite pest here) does that ordinarily would cost a foreign entity dearly.

Oh my, how terrible! And tell us how Bush more effectively managed the Russian invasion of Georgia? What sanctions did he employ against Russia and how did he force Russian troops back?

You’re right, Putin is playing chess, that’s why Ukraine fell under the influence of pro-Western leaders and the Kremlin favored prime minister was forced to flee out of the country. Checkmate!

bayam on March 20, 2014 at 7:33 PM

There is nothing more Putin would like than strife in the Middle East. He could care less if the Islamists burn the entire region to the ground. All that means for him is that Russia will make more money off of gas and oil. Selling them the weapons to do that is just an added bonus. Compare this to the Angelenos that blame earthquakes in CA on fracking. We’re so screwed.

ReaganWasRight on March 20, 2014 at 7:37 PM

Actually Putin and Russia maybe the only ones who can control the Islamo Nazis……

redguy on March 20, 2014 at 7:16 PM

At some point the US, Russia, and China may find themselves working together to fight this common enemy of mankind.

Kaffa on March 20, 2014 at 7:38 PM

Actually Putin and Russia maybe the only ones who can control the Islamo Nazis……

redguy on March 20, 2014 at 7:16 PM
At some point the US, Russia, and China may find themselves working together to fight this common enemy of mankind.

Kaffa on March 20, 2014 at 7:38 PM

Only after the US gets rid of its islamist president.

GaltBlvnAtty on March 20, 2014 at 7:42 PM

Only after the US gets rid of its islamist president.

GaltBlvnAtty on March 20, 2014 at 7:42 PM

Indeed.

Kaffa on March 20, 2014 at 7:44 PM

Obama has manage to piss off everybody in the world, except maybe France. But he’s still got a few more years to perfect his record.

Socratease on March 20, 2014 at 7:47 PM

Don’t we give Egypt $2b a year so in essence we are giving them the money to give to Russia in exchange for Russian arms?

tej on March 20, 2014 at 8:20 PM

Obama would have preferred a Muslim Brotherhood government getting weapons from the Russians.

albill on March 20, 2014 at 6:56 PM

slightly disagree..Obama would of gave weapons to the Muslim Brotherhood government instead of them seeking it from Russia..he does love that freedom group a great deal

sadsushi on March 20, 2014 at 8:20 PM

You’re right, Putin is playing chess, that’s why Ukraine fell under the influence of pro-Western leaders and the Kremlin favored prime minister was forced to flee out of the country. Checkmate!
bayam on March 20, 2014 at 7:33 PM

And now the Crimea is taken by Putin. But checkmate is being planned farther down the line by Putin. He just took a rook. Crying about Bush (a signature strong move in progressive thinking) is intentionally deflecting from the failure of the administration to grasp realpolitik and power. Georgia was an opening gambit. There were sanctions from the Bush administration, then the Reset/Overcharge new relation with Russia. Denial of the missile shield for Poland. Syria debacle, Putin teabags Obama on the world stage. Putin sees green lights all the way, and fills the power vacuum. So what is president Bush’s next move here Bayam? You seem to think he still controls Obama’s universe. Send crazy uncle Joe to buck up the Estonians? Or missiles to Poland? Tell me what the brilliant minds in the administration’s next proactive move is here. I’m dying to know.

Cliff by the Ford on March 20, 2014 at 8:59 PM

What happened in Ukraine was a coup too. And that is also turning out badly.

It is a bad attitude in foreign policy always to be “doing something”.

“Coalitions of the willing” (momentary alliances) come and go, but grudges and enemies accumulate.

David Blue on March 21, 2014 at 7:17 AM

My calculus of Assad is shifting with the revelation of the Christian slaughterhouses.

John the Libertarian on March 20, 2014 at 6:49 PM

A sane foreign policy would begin with favoring Christian interests at every turn. Even people who hated that policy would understand it. If Christian America favored Christians consistently, everyone would know where they stood.

David Blue on March 21, 2014 at 7:21 AM

Egypt WAS our ally…until Obama decided to help the TERRORIST ORGANIZATION the Muslim Brotherhood take over their country. Their military then had to step in to take back the government and take steps to get rid od the terrorist groups within their nation. Obama is alienating America through his incompetence and willingness to aid and abet TERRORISTS!

easyt65 on March 21, 2014 at 7:34 AM