When a planned Islamic cultural center in Lower Manhattan became divisive political rhetoric that could be capitalized on, Republicans of all stripes chimed in for maximum effectiveness. This chorus included Congressman Mike Simpson and Senators Jim Risch and Mike Crapo of Idaho. Like others in the GOP high command, they came out very strongly against Park51, claiming it would be the ultimate mark of disrespect, making this next bit of news, ironic.
These same right leaning politicians are actively supporting a comprehensive $60 billion arms package consisting of 84 F-15Es and a five year training program that will instruct Saudi pilots how to fly the fighter jets at Mountain Home Air Force Base in Idaho. Al Jazeera reports:
At present, plans call for the Saudi squadron to be composed of roughly 12 aircraft with 50 pilots and 100 to 200 maintenance personnel, some of whom will be accompanied by their families.
Considering that all of the 9/11 hijackers were from Saudi Arabia and that several of them took flight classes in the U.S. before ramming airliners into the World Trade Center, not blocks from it, this has some people thinking this isn’t a good idea. At the very least, it’s hypocritical as fuck.