Hi Andrew, You mean there are limits on US foreign policy and practice? :-) .Don't they have the facilities to do it anyway...but just do i in secret? The US money supply to Egypt may have been turned off temporarily, but how do we know that the replenishment of their war materials have as well?
ATB Dougie. On 22/02/15 20:14, Andrew Hornback wrote:
Those units would have been left in storage until either a) Egypt paid for them themselves - and only as long as there were no export restrictions on sending that kind of materiel at the time or b) the funding for the program was re-instated and delivery was made.--- AOn Sun, Feb 22, 2015 at 12:27 PM, jpp <johnp@xxxxxxxxxxx <mailto:johnp@xxxxxxxxxxx>> wrote:The money for the F-35's comes from the US in a bill which restricts the use of that money to military purchases from US contractors. Yes, you could starve to death watching new F-35's fly, unless the food dispensing machine accepted F-35 nuts and washers. What is really unique, and somewhat mind-boggling for US taxpayers, is the way foreign military is funded. When Israel and Egypt receive an annual military stipend from the US, they can contract with a US industry. For the more expensive items which take multiple years to build and deliver, the US government assumes liability to "cover" multiple year programs. If Congress or the President chose to terminate the military streams, the subsequent years payments due the contractors are absorbed by the tax-payers. With Egypt, this almost happened for F-16 purchases. What would have happened if the military funds were NOT restored to Egypt, would have resulted in some 25 or so F-16's, in the configuration Egypt wanted, would have been built. The probability would have been that they would be then sent to Davis-Monthan , the bone yard.