A multibillion-dollar deal to
provide American F-16 fighters to Egypt is “dead in the water” as
Washington and Cairo attempt to salvage military and diplomatic ties amid
violence in the North African country.
Administration officials at the
Pentagon and State Department do not have the political capital to secure
congressional approval for the fighter sale in the wake of Wednesday’s bloody
crackdown on government protesters by Egyptian forces.
planes will find a home,” Gordon Adams, a defense analyst at the Stimson
Center, told The Hill on Thursday.
With the majority of international air forces fielding the F-16, the fighter jet
“is a very sellable plane.”
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