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Why is Obama Arming Enemies?
Commentary Magazine, by Michael Rubin

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Posted By:Dreadnought, 2/5/2013 8:32:06 PM

As Iran teetered on the brink of revolution, the Carter administration transferred approximately 70 F-14 fighter jets to the Iranian air force. At the time, the F-14 was perhaps the top platform in the U.S. Air Force, a plane upon which a generation of American air defense rested. It is ironic that the Islamic Republic of Iran’s Air Force is today the only country that actively uses the F-14, although some U.S. National Guard units do also occasionally fly the plane. Alas, President Obama appears determined to repeat Jimmy Carter’s mistakes. Giving Turkey the F-35

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Blue-Z-Anna, 2/5/2013 8:39:27 PM     (No. 9160658)

He´s arming his friends.

What´s wrong with you people ?

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Reply 2 - Posted by: redsox nation, 2/5/2013 8:50:53 PM     (No. 9160665)

Not that it contradicts the authors larger point, but the F-14 was a Navy plane, not an Air Force plane, and there are none left operational in the U.S., even in reserve. All operational ones remaining after retirement were destroyed so none of the parts could ever make it to Iran.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: veritas, 2/5/2013 8:52:10 PM     (No. 9160667)

1a. Because he can.
1b. Because he will do whatever he is allowed to get away with to damage US interests and weaken our position in the world wherever he can.

2a. The F-14 Tomcat was operated by the US Navy. I am not aware the USAF ever used them as a front-line interceptor. A few might have been used for exercises or "aggressor" roles. Maybe.
2b. The F-14 was big, size was mission-dictated. They were fleet [Battle Group] air defense against fast, long-range Soviet bombers carrying high-speed air-to-surface cruise missiles. The F-14 was capable of about Mach 2.4, carry any of our air-to-air missiles, and the only plane to operate the big, long-range Mach 5 Phoenix air-to-air missile [to attack the Soviet planes mentioned]. It could carry up to six of them, or a mix of missiles.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Alpha91c, 2/5/2013 9:06:17 PM     (No. 9160679)

Why is he giving Abrams tanks and F-16s to Egypt? They are not our friend and will probably use them against Isreal. But then again that may be why we are providing them. The fact of the matter, if we get in a real war, we might need those tanks and planes ourselves, but than O would probably surrender first.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: lil dotty, 2/5/2013 9:30:42 PM     (No. 9160715)

If you ask this question, then you must not have been paying attention these past 4 plus years.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: sgtfox of the jarhead clan, 2/5/2013 9:34:14 PM     (No. 9160723)

What a complete failure he has been as a president. It´s easy to see America´s enemies are Obama´s friends and our treasury is being looted by them. We are in serious decline.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: colonialAmerican1623, 2/5/2013 10:44:42 PM     (No. 9160827)

What a hypocrite. Buckets of money leaving this country while he talks about spending cuts domestically.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: dvc, 2/5/2013 11:57:43 PM     (No. 9160895)

Previous posters are correct. F-14 Tomcat was NEVER flown by ANY services except US Navy and Iranian Air Force. Zero are flying outside of Iran.

ALL US F-14s were destroyed after they left the US Navy service, except for a few totally gutted airframes in museums and as gate guards. All spare parts have been thoroughly destroyed to prevent Iran from obtaining them.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: bumbleshorts, 2/6/2013 3:39:45 AM     (No. 9160977)

It´s a fire sale, it´s all got to go.

The money is all gone. America´s gold reserves are gone as the Germans have found out when federal reserve (privately owned institution who emptied fort knox) informed Germany it would take seven years to return the gold that Germany actualy believed they were storing in the federal reserve repository.

The Chinese government has even sent teams to America to inventory assets that could settle the debts that can not be paid off with fiat American dollars that have little to no value. Say goodbye to those national parks that sit over valuable resources.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: civilservant, 2/6/2013 8:36:32 AM     (No. 9161264)

Because:
Obama. HATES. Americans.


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