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BeyondGeography

(39,498 posts)
Thu Apr 4, 2024, 10:17 AM Apr 2024

U.S. approved more bombs to Israel on day of World Central Kitchen strikes

Source: Washington Post

The Biden administration approved the transfer of thousands more bombs to Israel on the same day Israeli airstrikes in Gaza killed seven aid workers for the charity group World Central Kitchen, three U.S. officials told The Washington Post this week after the incident elicited global condemnation.


The transaction, which has not been previously reported, demonstrates the administration’s determination to continue its flow of lethal weaponry to Israel despite Monday’s high-profile killings and growing calls for the United States to condition such support on greater protection for civilians in the war zone. A U.S. citizen was among the dead.


The move also casts new light on the emotional statement by President Biden that he was “outraged and heartbroken” by the tragedy and was insistent that such events never happen again.
“They were providing food to hungry civilians in the middle of a war,” Biden said. “They were brave and selfless.”


The White House did not respond to a request for comment.

Read more: https://wapo.st/4aKpXvr

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U.S. approved more bombs to Israel on day of World Central Kitchen strikes (Original Post) BeyondGeography Apr 2024 OP
Expressing sorrow for dead aid workers and then sending more bombs to enable more deaths is not a good look.. Lonestarblue Apr 2024 #1
No words. 50 Shades Of Blue Apr 2024 #2
Post removed Post removed Apr 2024 #3
"Biden is a joke" ?? Really? sarisataka Apr 2024 #4
It doesn't make sense to provide bombs and aid at the same time Novara Apr 2024 #5
Nothing in this war makes sense agalisgv Apr 2024 #9
One of the dead aid workers was a US citizen IronLionZion Apr 2024 #6
Someone is making a lot of money on weapons. Earth-shine Apr 2024 #7
Don't worry, DU. Trump will definitely stop this transfer when he's back in office. maxsolomon Apr 2024 #8
Shameful LudwigPastorius Apr 2024 #10

Lonestarblue

(10,734 posts)
1. Expressing sorrow for dead aid workers and then sending more bombs to enable more deaths is not a good look..
Thu Apr 4, 2024, 10:24 AM
Apr 2024

I wonder if the administration is equating US support for Israel as a state (which to me is not in question) to the provision of continuing military aid. This is not about Israel’s ability to defend itself. It is about their slaughter of innocent civilians. Commenters on this Post article are definitely negative toward Biden, with some calling him Genocide Joe, and one assumes that a majority of Post subscribers are not the MAGA cult.

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sarisataka

(19,642 posts)
4. "Biden is a joke" ?? Really?
Thu Apr 4, 2024, 10:50 AM
Apr 2024
FredGarvin (467 posts)
3. Ukraine?
Reply to BeyondGeography (Original post)
Thu Apr 4, 2024, 09:46 AM
Biden is a joke.
He's playing with the wrong deck

Novara

(5,986 posts)
5. It doesn't make sense to provide bombs and aid at the same time
Thu Apr 4, 2024, 11:34 AM
Apr 2024

Provide weapons to bomb people so they're starving and homeless (or dead) and provide aid because they're starving. Then provide weapons to bomb the people trying to deliver the food to the people were bombed with your weapons in the first place.

This shit has to stop.

IronLionZion

(46,025 posts)
6. One of the dead aid workers was a US citizen
Thu Apr 4, 2024, 11:47 AM
Apr 2024

as were some of the Palestinians killed. So there is something circular about being bombed with one's own tax dollars.

 

Earth-shine

(4,044 posts)
7. Someone is making a lot of money on weapons.
Thu Apr 4, 2024, 03:35 PM
Apr 2024

>> administration’s determination to continue its flow of lethal weaponry to Israel

maxsolomon

(33,894 posts)
8. Don't worry, DU. Trump will definitely stop this transfer when he's back in office.
Thu Apr 4, 2024, 03:50 PM
Apr 2024

Israel's not getting the delivery until after he's inaugurated:


The State Department approved the transfer of more than 1,000 MK82 500-pound bombs, over 1,000 small-diameter bombs, and fuses for MK80 bombs, all from authorizations granted by Congress several years before the latest hostilities between Israel and Hamas began, said the U.S. officials, who like others spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive arms deals.

A State Department spokesperson confirmed the approval and said it occurred sometime “prior” to when the Israeli aircraft struck the aid convoy.

The U.S. government has the authority to suspend an arms package any time before delivery, which the spokesperson said probably would not occur until 2025 or later. It has not done so in this case.
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