Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Sanctions in Stupidity

From Fox:

U.S. gift of F-16 fighters headed to Egypt, despite Morsi's harsh rhetoric
And from BBC:
N Korea 'to boost nuclear programme' after UN sanctions

It appears that the UK armed forces have introduced Emperor Mong to US and UN politicians.
"Go on, it'll be alright to give a government that is hostile to your country 16 modern jet fighters and 200 modern tanks."
 "One more useless sanction against North Korea, a country already isolated from everyone else, can't hurt."

I must note that the Fox News article didn't mention which variants of the F-16 Fighting Falcon and M1 Abrams were getting sent to Egypt. Which variants of these systems get sent there makes a significant difference - although even the original models of both systems are formidable weapons.
Giving weapons to a hostile nation definitely counts as stupidity, no matter how advanced (or not) the weapons are, unless the weapons are a Trojan Horse gambit of some sort.

The UN and useless sanctions is almost as stupid. I will however give them points for going in the "STOP! Or I'll yell stop again" direction despite its uselessness - at least they aren't actively giving North Korea nukes.