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Rand Paul: F-16 Sales to Egypt ‘A Mistake that Could Haunt Us’

Rand Paul: F-16 Sales to Egypt ‘A Mistake that Could Haunt Us’

Sen. Rand Paul is calling the U.S. sale of 16 advanced F-16 fighter jets to Egypt “a huge mistake” that could come back to “haunt” America in the years ahead, depending on the direction Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi takes his country.

” I think it’s a huge mistake,” the Kentucky Republican told Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren Thursday night.

” I think there’s a potential that it elevates an arms race, and what we give to Egypt, Israel wants more or needs more to defend themselves,” Paul continued. “And I think there’s a risk. President Morsi’s had words . . . calling those who are in favor of Israel, calling them bloodsuckers, and apes, and descendants of pigs. I’d be a little bit concerned about arming a person who had that kind of language.

“I’m also concerned that these are weapons that could come back to haunt us,” Paul added, recalling how the United States helped arm Osama bin Laden in the 1980s when he was part of the Mujahideen in Afghanistan.

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