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Egypt Orders More M1A1 Tank Kits

July 7, 2011

Egypt Orders More M1A1 Tank Kits.

Back when we used to be buds with Egypt’s old dictator, we decided to give them the military hook-up in the form of the M1A1 Main Battle Tank – depending on whom you ask, the best tank in the world.  We didn’t just sell them this bad boy, our relationship was so good that we actually sold Egypt these tanks in the form of “kits” that they assembled in country.

So you can imagine my chagrin when I read in this article that we were planning to sell the “new” Egypt an additional 125 M1A1 kits, bringing their total number to over 1000.

Considering the new peeps seeking power in the vacuum left behind by the Arab “uprising” are calling for “death to Israel” and other such hostilities, does this seem like a good idea to anyone?  The Israeli MBT is the Merkava III, also a contender for best tank in the world, and while the Israeli tank corps is undoubtedly light-years ahead of Egypt’s so far as training and skill is concerned, good technology and training only take you so far when combating an equally technologically advanced vehicle.

The M1 and Merkava were designed to take on the best the Soviet Bloc could produce, which wasn’t very good.  They were never designed with the thought that they would fight each other.

Given that Egypt has already invaded Israel once before, this is bad news.  Especially now that we consider Israel a state sponsor for terror.

The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) had this to say in their press release:

This proposed sale will contribute to the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to improve the security of a friendly country that has been and continues to be an important force for political stability and economic progress in the Middle East.

So the fact that they just had a politically destabilizing revolution in their country doesn’t factor into this decision?  They continue:

The proposed sale of this equipment and support will not alter the basic military balance in the region.

Maybe not, but it makes us look like we endorse the “new” masters of Egypt, whoever the hell that is gonna be…Muslim Brotherhood anyone?

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. July 7, 2011 12:42 pm

    I had read that a more moderate group was trying to gain influence for a democratic form of Government. Since Hillary is already supporting the Muslim Brotherhood, it figures.

    • July 7, 2011 6:14 pm

      The Muslim Brotherhood is going to do what it is best at, pulling strings behind the scenes.

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