WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) and a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today blasted President Obama’s blunder in saying that he does not consider Egypt an ally.
“Here we are in the midst of an international crisis, and President blew it,” said Inhofe. “Unfortunately, this lack of leadership is what we have come to expect from President Obama. Saying that Egypt is not an ally is a huge blunder, and it calls into question how engaged he really is on this crisis. I certainly hope that he isn’t too distracted by campaign events or asleep at the wheel to give the ongoing crisis the proper attention.
“Like countries such as Israel and Japan, Egypt is classified as a Major Non-NATO ally. As a major ally, Egypt and the U.S. have mutually benefited from initiatives such as IMET, Train and Equip programs, Foreign Military Financing and Foreign Military Sales. Make no mistake, Egypt is an ally and we both need to do our part to fulfill the responsibilities of that relationship, including the protection of citizens and interests.”