The entire US political class is happy to provide terrorists the latest weapons while telling you it will "combat terrorism." ISIS operates with US provided weapons and no one cares. To the author: Sen. Bob Corker scares no one. The only "influential lawmakers" in the US are those that enable the globalist agenda, whether actively or passively.
2/13/16, "India 'disappointed' as US decides to sell eight F-16 fighter jets to Pakistan," IBN Live (CNN affiliate), Washington
"The Obama administration on Friday notified the US
Congress of its decision to sell eight F-16 fighter jets to Pakistan
worth nearly $700 million.
Upset with the decision, Ministry of
External Affairs Spokesperson Vikas Swarup said,"We are disappointed at
the decision of the Obama Administration to notify the sale of F-16
aircraft to Pakistan."
He also said that India disagrees with the rationale of the US that
such arms transfers help to combat terrorism. The MEA will summon US
ambassador to convey India's displeasure over the decision of the Obama
Despite mounting opposition from influential lawmakers from both the
Republican and Democratic parties, the US State Department on Friday,
notified the Congress that it has made a determination approving a
possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Pakistan for F-16
Block 52 Aircraft, equipment, training, and logistics support.
estimated cost is $699.4 million, the Defence Security Cooperation
Agency - a wing of the Pentagon - said in a statement, adding that this
proposed sale contributes to the US foreign policy objectives and
national security goals by helping to improve the security of a
strategic partner in South Asia.
Asserting that this will not
alter the basic military balance in the region, the Pentagon said the
proposed sale improves Pakistan's capability to meet current and future
These additional F-16 aircraft will facilitate
operations in all-weather, non-daylight environments [ie, night], provide a self-
defence/area suppression capability, and enhance Pakistan's ability to
conduct counter-insurgency and counter-terrorism operations.
will increase the number of aircraft available to the Pakistan Air Force
to sustain operations, meet monthly training requirements, and support
transition training for pilots new to the Block-52. Pakistan will have
no difficulty absorbing these additional aircraft into its air force,"
the Pentagon agency said.
"This notice of a potential sale is
required by law and does not mean the sale has been concluded," said the
Defence Security Cooperation Agency.
Speaking on condition of
anonymity, a State Department official defended the decisions of the US
Government. "We strongly support the proposed sale of eight F-16s to
Pakistan. This platform will support Pakistan's counter-terrorism and
counterinsurgency operations, and has contributed to the success of
these operations to date," the official said.
reduce the ability of militants to use Pakistani territory as a safe
haven for terrorism and a base of support for the insurgency in
Afghanistan," the official said, adding that these operations are in the
national interests of both Pakistan and the US, and in the interest of
the region more broadly.
"Let me be clear, before any arms
transfer we take into account regional security and a range of other
factors. We believe our security assistance contributes to a more stable
and secure region," the official said when asked about India's
apprehensions that this F-16 would finally end being used against it.
US does not view its security cooperation in the region in zero sum
terms - our security relationships with Pakistan, India and Afghanistan
are distinct, but each advances US interests and regional stability,"
the State Department official said.
notification to the Congress comes amidst mounting opposition from
lawmakers. Early this week, Senator Bob Corker wrote to Secretary of
State John Kerry that he would put a hold on any such decision. Two
days later, the State Department notified to the Congress its intention
to sell F-16 to Pakistan. While the Congress has 30 days' time to act
on it, senior administration officials exuded confidence that the sale
would be approved by the lawmakers."