Turkey, defined by a pronounced presence of Islamic terrorism, nonetheless remains on the list of nations the Obama administration feels should receive arms shipments from the U.S.
According to a recent World Tribune report, legislators have made it clear that the idea of selling weapons to the devolving country is a bad idea. Administration sources, however, confirm that there is no plan to halt an upcoming shipment of 145 air-to-air missiles and 40 rocket launchers.
Marie Harf of the State Department cited the fact that Turkey remains a NATO ally as a reason the U.S. should continue to arm the increasingly volatile nation.
“We think it’s important to provide our NATO allies with resources,” she said. “We think that’s an important use of our resources.”
Many lawmakers, including Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, vehemently disagree – especially considering the administration’s recent decision to call off a delivery of weapons to Israel and subject future shipments to increased oversight.
— Senator Ted Cruz (@SenTedCruz) August 18, 2014
The outspoken conservative posed the question to his Twitter followers, evoking varied responses generally following the common narrative that Obama is not especially concerned with protecting America’s closest Middle Eastern ally.
@SenTedCruz Obama is not a friend of Israel! It is as simple as that!
— Pat White Foster (@patfo49) August 19, 2014
— Lisa Ann McCarthy (@anncompana) August 19, 2014
@SenTedCruz You know the Answer of course. Because he is a despicable Israel Hater and supports Radical Muslim terrorists.
— Joe’s Law (@JoeNYLaw) August 18, 2014
@SenTedCruz Uh.. Maybe because Israel isn’t muslim?
— Patrick Durham (@patrickdurham2) August 18, 2014
— Led Farmer (@mcginnis8184) August 18, 2014
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