Why Does Biden Want to Sell Warplanes to Unfriendly Nations?

It should be common sense. The United States should not sell weaponry to countries that work against U.S. interests, that sponsor terrorism, or whose leaders fantasize about killing Americans.

Increasingly, however, the Biden administration seeks to do just that.

Take Turkey: After President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s turn toward Russia, Turkey lost access to America’s next-generation F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. Turkey has since doubled down on its anti-American antagonism. On Sept. 1, for example, nationalist party leader Devlet Bahceli, Erdogan’s primary coalition partner, called the United States, not Russia, Turkey’s main strategic threat. Just days later, Interior Minister Suleiman Soylu declared, “We want to tear America apart.” Erdogan appears to be soliciting Russian cash to finance his reelection campaign. A bestselling Turkish novel, now with seven sequels, fantasized about a war between Turkey and the U.S. that culminated in the detonation of a nuclear bomb in Washington. This is all just the tip of the iceberg. The notion that selling F-16s to Turkey will convince Erdogan to become a responsible player on the world stage is naive at best. Still, that is now the absurd position that Biden takes.

Unfortunately, this has become the exception rather than the rule. In 2018, the Trump administration suspended military aid to Pakistan given Islamabad’s two-faced behavior in the fight against terrorism. Pakistan provided a lifeline not only to al Qaeda and a number of anti-India terrorist groups but also enabled the Taliban insurgency up to and during that movement’s march through Afghanistan.

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