Saturday, September 29, 2012

U.S. Move to Give Egypt $450 Million in Aid Meets Resistance

The Obama administration notified Congress on Friday that it would provide Egypt’s new government an emergency cash infusion of $450 million, but the aid immediately encountered resistance from a prominent lawmaker wary of foreign aid and Egypt’s new course under the leadership of the Muslim Brotherhood.

 The aid is part of the $1 billion in assistance that the Obama administration has pledged to Egypt to bolster its transition to democracy after the overthrow last year of the former president, Hosni Mubarak. Its fate, however, was clouded by concerns over the new government’s policies and, more recently, the protests that damaged the American Embassy in Cairo.

The United States Agency for International Development notified Congress of the cash infusion on Friday morning during the pre-election recess, promptly igniting a smoldering debate over foreign aid and the administration’s handling of crises in the Islamic world.

An influential Republican lawmaker, Representative Kay Granger of Texas, immediately announced that she would use her position as chairwoman of the House appropriations subcommittee overseeing foreign aid to block the distribution of the money. She said the American relationship with Egypt “has never been under more scrutiny” than it is in the wake of the election of President Mohamed Morsi, a former leader of the Muslim Brotherhood. Read more....

1 comment:

  1. Dear Ms. Clinton, not with my tax dollars. A former Seal sums it up nicely...

    I will not submit. I will never surrender.

    I will never surrender Da Vinci, Newton and Einstein,for Allahu Akbar, and flying passenger planes into office buildings.

    I will never surrender Michelangelo, Vermeer and Rembrandt,for Allahu Akbar, and forced female genital mutilation.

    I will never surrender Descartes, Locke and Jefferson,for Allahu Akbar, and beheading apostates of conscience.

    I will never surrender Bach, Mozart and Beethoven,for Allahu Akbar, and child rape called “arranged marriage.”

    I will never surrender Shakespeare, Byron, and Shelley,for Allahu Akbar, and stoning rape victims to death for “adultery.”

    I will never surrender Faulkner, Fitzgerald and Hemingway,for Allahu Akbar, and poisoning schoolgirls for daring to learn.

    I will never surrender the sacred freedom of speech,for Allahu Akbar, and laws that forbid telling the truth about an evil false prophet.

    Voltaire said, “To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize.” I will not submit to being ruled over by the followers of a Seventh Century desert pirate, rapist and mass-murderer.

    Randall Wallace wrote, “They may take our lives, but they can never take our freedom.”

    Would that our leaders’ hearts were so brave, or as dedicated to human liberty.

    But even without them, I will not submit, and I will never surrender to a barbaric death cult masquerading as a religion.

    Matt Bracken


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