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WH, Congress Keep $1.6B Aid To Egypt Flowing

From the Associated Press:

Temporary spending bill permits Egypt aid to flow

Andrew Taylor | September 18, 2012

WASHINGTON (AP) — As anti-American sentiment boils in Islamic countries like Egypt, lawmakers are moving to permit billions of dollars in U.S. foreign aid under a government-wide funding bill set to clear Congress this week.

In the case of Egypt, turmoil since the overthrow of U.S. ally President Hosni Mubarak early last year has delayed the release of hundreds of millions of dollars in economic aid that has been approved over several years…

So Congress is managing to continue to give Egypt our annual tribute of $1.6 billion dollars. (And bear in mind that this is not Obama’s attempt to give Egypt an additional $1 billion dollars in ‘debt forgiveness,’ which is also still going to happen.)

Isn’t it amazing what our legislators can do when they put their minds to it?

A violent mob assault at the U.S. Embassy in Cairo certainly hasn’t helped efforts to release already approved funds, but White House Press Secretary Jay Carney on Tuesday denied a media report that U.S. talks with Egypt to release the aid are on hold until after the election.

"We’re continuing to work with (Congress) on ways to support a stable, democratic transition in Egypt that is important for defeating extremism of the very kind that we just recently saw," Carney said. "We provide assistance to Egypt because it’s in our interests to help them advance regional security and uphold their treaty with Israel and transition to democracy."

That’s a relief. We would hate to think that the Muslim Brotherhood is being punished for their recent actions.

Some in Congress have called for cutting off aid to Egypt.

Obviously, these are crazy Republicans who don’t understand that Egypt is an ally. — No, wait…

Instead, new money will continue to be available under the terms of a six-month government funding bill that passed the House last week and faces a Senate procedural vote on Wednesday. The measure allows for almost $130 million a month in military and economic aid to Egypt since it permits aid to flow at the same rate as current funding.

Conservative GOP Rep. Dan Burton of Indiana mounted a futile protest during House debate on the stopgap spending bill last week.

"I want to know if any of it is going to Libya or Egypt," Burton said. "Our embassies have been attacked. An ambassador has been killed. The Muslim Brotherhood runs Egypt — and we’re going to give them money? I would like to have an answer."

Burton didn’t get an answer…

Of course not. Such foreign policy ignoramuses must be ignored.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton [has pronounced]: "The incidents of the past week highlight how important our work is. The United States must and will remain strongly engaged in the world. … The United States must be a force for peace and progress," Clinton said Tuesday. "That is worth striving and sacrificing for and nothing that happened last week changes that fundamental fact."

Well if that is what the smartest woman in the world says, then we guess it is settled.

By the way, the Seattle Times seems to be the only mainstream outlet to pick up this AP story. The only other place you will find it is on conservative blogs. Why is that?

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, September 19th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

7 Responses to “WH, Congress Keep $1.6B Aid To Egypt Flowing”

  1. River0 says:

    “Punish our friends and aid our enemies” is the motto of this president and the Demonicrat Party. Nothing better illustrates the reckless endangerment, implied malice, and depraved indifference of this traitorous bunch.

    By the way, reckless endangerment, implied malice, and depraved indifference are felonies.

    There are still ‘undecided’ voters out there? What kind of minds do they have? I truly cannot imagine it.

  2. GetBackJack says:

    Since High School, 1970, when I learned MY GOVERNMENT was giving MY MONEY to MY ENEMIES I’ve been screaming WTF are you doing?

    I am still of the same opinion that all that is going on is looting.

    Pure and simple. You and I are being looted by a criminal element that calls itself “government.

  3. Chrispbass says:

    I am too avoid vulgar language on this forum….
    We give billions…..to….other countries, including places like Egypt, and we are going down the toilet . We owe 15 (16?) TRILLION dollars and we spend it on this sh&t?

    Shouldn’t it be against the law to spend money we don’t have? Is it the laughable truth that we are voting in the people that borrow and spend?

    GBJ – I go w/criminal element for $500.
    I’m in Williamsburg right now checking out history from the 1700s. What the hell happened?
    criminal element.

  4. canary says:

    The media keep’s getting the Billions of debt Egypt owes Obama. He keeps forgiving it.

    And in spite Egypt repeatedly saying they did not want any aid, financial of holding, nor aid in how a democracy should work,….

    And to hold hostage Americans there who were to give the money and ban them for over two weeks from leaving Egypt, some of them jailed, was reason enough to not give a penny.

    They wanted prisoners released before releasing the Americans. They didn’t want a pay off to let them go.

    Reagan would have firmly said You barbarian Egyptians let our people free, and he’d not given them a penny.

    Question? What has Mitt Romney said in regards to this. ?

    Obama doesn’t talk for Americans but he sure spends every American’s money giving it to terrorists.

    I don’t want our taxes going to terrorists. !!!!!!!

    Where are the occupiers? Where is the tea party. Where is one leader condemning this.

    I’m mad as heck.

    wrong how much debt that Obama has twice not asked back from Cairo Egypt. And his intentions to give Billions

  5. canary says:

    Humanitarian Aid may be given to Libya

    “I want to know if any of it is going to Libya or Egypt,” Burton said. “Our embassies have been attacked. An ambassador has been killed. The Muslim Brotherhood runs Egypt — and we’re going to give them money? I would like to have an answer.”

    Burton didn’t get an answer.

    AP answered the question “Some humanitarian aid could end up flowing into Libya but it’s not mandated.”

    like to know their source.

  6. AcornsRNutz says:

    The founding fathers took great pains to keep the definition of treason very specific and narrow to avoid it being used to persecute those who disagreed with the government so it wouldn’t turn into sedition, heresy, etc etc. But providing aid and comfort to the nations enemies, particularly in a time of war? Yeah, that sounds like it still fits the constitutional definition.

  7. canary says:

    Egypt’s new government run mosques; new rules favor Jihadists & Saudi Arabia helps with financial aid

    The New York Post: The opening in Egypt

    Debate grows in the mosques

    Sept 15 2012.

    Until the fall of President Hosni Mubarak in February 2011, the main nuisance caused by the city’s hundreds of mosques came from minarets broadcasting the call to prayer.

    Anyone who wished to hear a different tune had to go to clandestine mosques operated by Islamist groups alternating between semi-legal existence and underground “jihad” against the regime.

    All that is beginning to change.

    Most clandestine mosques now operate openly, with new mosques being built with money from Saudi Arabia and other oil-rich states.

    And the government of President Muhammad Mursi, inspired by an experiment under way in Turkey, has opened discussions about privatizing the state-owned mosques.

    In protest, hundreds of preachers went on strike this week, refusing to deliver the Friday sermon.

    The Muslim Brotherhood, a traditional Islamist movement to which Mursi belongs, is positioning itself to get the lion’s share in what amounts to a distribution of the spoils — for many mosques are linked to endowment trusts that include real estate, trading companies, farms and factories.

    The mosques are also important because they provide Islamist parties, coming out of the shadows, readily available buildings in thousands of towns and villages.

    And the previously forbidden concepts have spread from mosques to teahouses, shops and offices, turning Egypt into a large seminary on politics.

    “We don’t quite know what all that talk is about,” says Latif Jamil, a 22-year-old shop assistant who attended several sessions in a “secular” mosque during Ramadan. “But what I heard sounded good, and I intend to find out what it really means.”

    One mosque has hosted several sessions on the so-called Turkish and Iranian models of reconciling Islam with modernity. The idea is to help Egyptians shape a model of their own by learning from the mistakes of Turkey and Iran.

    Read more: http://www.nypost.com/p/news/opinion/opedcolumnists/the_opening_in_egypt_u658vU1uOKLXVCSVKAW4rI#ixzz274bFXo8t

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