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McCain, Paul: The U.S. Must Halt Aid To Egypt

July 9, 2013 by  

McCain, Paul: The U.S. Must Halt Aid To Egypt
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While President Mohammed Morsi was supposedly elected by popular vote, he ruled Egypt with a theocratic iron fist.

Egypt is in disarray as the Barack Obama-backed Muslim Brotherhood government is being pushed from power by the nation’s military. The uprisings, according to many foreign policy experts, are yet another example of how dangerous American meddling in Mideast affairs is to any measure of true democracy.

Members of the press in the United States have called the uprising an assault on democracy. But reports often leave out the fact that, while President Mohammed Morsi was supposedly elected by popular vote, he ruled the nation with a theocratic iron fist. Perhaps a result of the Western mainstream’s apparent fear of criticizing Islam, atrocities against liberty have gone largely unreported since Morsi took the seat of power.

News outlets, including the BBC, Bloomberg and The Associated Press, have covered the military uprisings with near sympathetic tones toward Muslim Brotherhood leadership, attributing its undemocratic style of leadership to the deeply entrenched religious beliefs of its members.

The Obama Administration lauded the original movement that brought Morsi to power, and it never made any meaningful attempt to condemn his rapid centralization of power. Instead, while pushing domestic policy initiatives full of social liberalism at home, the White House continued a policy of pumping $1.5 billion annually into a country that, with Sharia as a justification, has a horrible human rights record since the Morsi government took hold.

If nothing else, the coup in Egypt shows the true goal of all Mideast foreign policy: perpetual destabilization by way of puppetry. So even as the nation is in the throes of what could lead to another revolution, the United States is opting to continue pumping money into the region in order to ensure that whoever is eventually declared as Egypt’s rightful leader remains a puppet to the United States with the promise of wealth.

In a contribution to The Washington Times over the weekend, Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) expressed deep opposition to continued U.S. aid to Egypt:

In Egypt, protest is met with tear gas, manufactured in America and paid for with American taxes. When Egyptians protest, they protest against their government and also America for subsidizing that government.

Despite the fact that Mohamed Morsi recently convicted 16 Americans of political crimes in a show trial, the Obama administration still sent them over $2 billion this year.

American tax dollars flow no matter which despot rules.

Hosni Mubarak brutally suppressed protest over three decades of martial law. Yet, we sent him some $60 billion, much of which was stolen by Mr. Mubarak and his family.

Mr. Mubarak abused his citizens and his own power, yet we gave him billions of dollars and advanced weaponry, including F-16 jets. Mr. Mubarak would eventually use those jets to intimidate the protesters who would eventually end his regime.

Today, we give the same billions and fighter jets to Mr. Mubarak’s successor, Mr. Morsi, who the protesters now see in the same light as Mr. Mubarak.

But worse, due to our aid and support, Egyptians see Mr. Morsi and America as the same.

Some American politicians never know when to say no. Three prominent interventionists called for arming Moammar Gadhafi the year before they called for arming the Libyan Islamists rebels who overthrew Gadhafi. Which Islamic rebels killed the American ambassador? No one seems to know and no one has been brought to justice. Often, today’s “rebels” can become tomorrow’s tyrants, and vice versa.

Paul has sometimes been alone in his calls for ending U.S. aid to foreign nations, but this time he isn’t. Even Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.), a perpetual neocon always up for a bit of good ole America intervention, believes that the United States is playing a dangerous game by pumping billions of dollars into Egypt.

He said in a statement:

I have always said that democracy is about more than elections, and I have consistently urged the Egyptian military to serve as the guarantor of Egyptian democracy and the protector of the Egyptian nation. I understand that the military’s removal of Morsi from office was undertaken with broad public support in the name of democracy and could ultimately lead Egypt to a more inclusive and representative civilian government. However, it is difficult for me to conclude that what happened was anything other than a coup in which the military played a decisive role. Current U.S. law is very clear about the implications for our foreign assistance in the aftermath of a military coup against an elected government, and the law offers no ability to waive its provisions. I do not want to suspend our critical assistance to Egypt, but I believe that is the right thing to do at this time.

While the debate is still in the air as to whether the popular support for the Egyptian military’s actions could be reason to consider the recent events something other than a military coup, many people are of the mind that the United States is doing more harm than good by continuing to pump aid money into the region. This, however, is not the view of the White House.

“It is not in our interest in moving particularly quickly”  in changing the situation in Egypt, White House press secretary Jay Carney said on Monday. He added that the government overthrow is a “charged” issue for tens of millions of Egyptians who have differing views on what happened.

Currently, Carney stressed, “the U.S. is not aligned with — nor is it supporting — any particular political party or group” in the nation.

But some advocates of cutting Egyptian aid argue that continuing aid that could potentially again fall into the hands of oppressors simply is not in the best interest of the United States. Egypt’s people will not forget who funded their oppressors. And as we have learned with our other Mideast misadventures, that increased anti-American sentiment is certain to breed terrorists who will later feel compelled to inflict the same pain on the American people that they have felt in their homeland.

Sam Rolley

Staff writer Sam Rolley began a career in journalism working for a small town newspaper while seeking a B.A. in English. After learning about many of the biases present in most modern newsrooms, Rolley became determined to find a position in journalism that would allow him to combat the unsavory image that the news industry has gained. He is dedicated to seeking the truth and exposing the lies disseminated by the mainstream media at the behest of their corporate masters, special interest groups and information gatekeepers.

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  • http://PersonalLibertyDigest Patriot

    The United States long ago should have ceased funding everything under the sun for everyone under the sun. We are not the world’s policemen nor the world’s mommy. The trillions of dollars extracted from US citizens need to be used to address our own fiscal woes. I am unable to understand why one administration after another either misguidedly or arrogantly assumes that America is the fixer for all the world’s problems. We need to get out of the United Nations and tell its legion of erstwhile do gooders to exit the building and go somewhere else, to cease foreign aid immediately with exception of Israel, our only real friend in the Middle East and allow these countries to sink or swim on their own as it should be! The ugly American is just getting uglier. As the saying goes “money can’t buy you love”, and these days it won’t even guarantee you a date!

  • http://shadow1776.wordpress.com shadow1776

    Obama will keep dumping money that they raped from Americans to his Islamist brothers. I say, there country there problem. Lets focus on America.

  • http://shadow1776.wordpress.com shadow1776

    America is one of the most hated countries in the world. They try to control everything. Stick there nose in other countries business, when America is broke, and falling apart. The Government could save trillions by keeping there nose out of other countries affaires, billions by stopping the spying on Americans. But again that would be the right thing to do and common cents.

  • jim nolan

    I usually agree with Ron Paul, but this one place where I do not. I worked and lived in Egypt and have seen how the Christiam minority is treated poorly. When you consider that Obama has beeb supporting financially and militarly Al Queada’s overthrough of Libya, Syria and Egypt I find it to be encouraging that the Egyptian Military has taken a stance against the Myslim Brotherhood. McCain is so anti freedom and also supports the Muslim Brotherhoodarch to take iver the Middle East. What the helk is thar all about? He really disgust me. Please Rand, this may be thw beginning of the end of the MBH rise to power. I would rather we give the Egyptian Military the financial aid now rather than to the Muslum Brotherhood.

  • http://currentlyonFB susan cantrell

    I absolutely agree.

  • jim nolan

    I think its time Arizonians stop funding McCain and the Muslim Brotherhood!

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