Saturday, March 20, 2010

Obama Slows Military Aid to Israel

Libertarian Party officials, and Wayne Allyn Root, claim they want to end foreign aid, but Obama has taken one small step in that direction (despite his frequent ten steps back).

The World Tribune reports on March 18, 2010:

"Officials said the U.S. military was ordered to divert a shipment of smart bunker-buster bombs from Israel to a military base in Diego Garcia. They said the shipment of 387 smart munitions had been slated to join pre-positioned U.S. military equipment in Israel Air Force bases.

" 'This was a political decision,' an official said.

"In 2008, the United States approved an Israeli request for bunker-busters capable of destroying underground facilities, including Iranian nuclear weapons sites. Officials said delivery of the weapons was held up by the administration of President Barack Obama.

"Since taking office, Obama has refused to approve any major Israeli requests for U.S. weapons platforms or advanced systems. Officials said this included proposed Israeli procurement of AH-64D Apache attack helicopters, refueling systems, advanced munitions and data on a stealth variant of the F-15E."

For Obama to trim (or at least, slow down the delivery of) foreign military aid to Israel is consistent with the official position of the Libertarian Party.

I wonder if Libertarian Party national leaders or Wayne Allyn Root will commend Obama for taking a libertarian position on this issue?

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