It’s not often that Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.) are on the same page when it comes to foreign policy. But the crisis in Egypt has aligned them on at least one issue. Both favor suspending foreign aid to the most populous Arab country. Here’s a key part of McCain’s joint statement with Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.): “It is neither in our long-term national interest nor consistent with our values and laws to continue providing assistance at this time to Egypt’s interim government and military. We urge the Obama Administration to suspend U.S. assistance to Egypt and
Comments: An unfortunate misstep by Rand. I hope he finds a way to correct course. Memo to Rand: Now´s the time to encourage Sisi to become the Next Pinochet, the mightiest free market reformer in history.
You´re seeing why a Rand Paul presidency would be problomatic.He takes himself and his libertarianism way too seriously.You have to be able to recognize the reality of a situation and plan for flexibility on occasion.
Even if we did cut off aid,which isn´t likely,the Egyptian military can still get money from the Saudis who hate the muslim brotherhood.This wasn´t a military coup,this is/was an act of self preservation for the country.The MB don´t have a clue on how to run a government.
If they were waiting on the US to give them governing advice,they´re in for a long wait because our foreign policy people don´t have a clue on running a country either.
Principle is great - if you´re not ignoring reality - which is, we need to combat the Muslim Brotherhood in the smartest ways possible. Is withdrawing aid at this time the message we want to send when the Egyptian government is combating the MB for us? OTOH we can´t stay silent when they go too far, so in this rare case, I find myself agreeing more with the administration´s stance than with Rand Paul.
Rand Paul´s position that we should not give aid to countries that hate us is a good one. However, it appears that the Egyptian military is trying to get rid of the MB, and we should support them. Better to try and influence the military to reinstate democratic elections after the MB is history. They have no place in civil society. They will do whatever it takes to win an election which is why they must go. There is no reasoning with the MB. It has an unbending radical agenda that they will never abandon. MB is all about imposing Sharia Law at the point of a sword. They will never relent. It is their philosophy that has kept the barbaric practices of Islam alive and well for centuries.
I don´t agree with Paul on this one. They didn´t have any problem giving $$$$ & jets to Morrissey...now they abandon the military. Paul should have been suspicious when Mc, the camera, was for it before he was against it.
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