President Mohamad Morsi has castrated the military high command and taken over. Like most people, you probably weren’t paying attention.
Every member of the Muslim Brotherhood cheered on September 11, 2001. Don’t doubt that. The happy hookah pipes were smokin’, boys and girls!
The United States gives about $1.3 billion in military aid to Egypt every year. This was suspended in October of last year due to uncertainties regarding the “Arab Spring,” that oh-so-refreshing move toward democracy.
The military aid was restored last March, however, plus $250 million in economic and political assistance. Hillary was keen on restoring the cash, and the action sidestepped a new congressional requirement that links arms sales to Egypt’s protection of freedom.
The Obama administration does whatever it feels like doing.
Much of the military aid comes back to U.S. arms manufacturers, which was the deciding factor in renewing the government payout of your tax dollars — protecting U.S. jobs.
Election coming up, you know.
See, Obama really does care. Obama has a win-win, more U.S. jobs in the arms industry and support for the Muslim Brotherhood, which he has stated is not really so bad.*
Granted, the reopening of the taxpayer gusher to Egypt took place before Morsi had totally solidified the dictatorship and the whiff of Springtime vanished.
But they’re still getting your cash today.
Here are details from a March article in The New York Times. Keep in mind that the article was written in March, and there was still the naïve hope that democracy would blossom in Egypt, which it certainly did.
Just like democracy bloomed in the Gaza Strip, putting the terrorist group Hamas in power. Oh, democracy is such a fickle lover. You’d think we’d quit promoting it.
The Egyptians voted for the Muslim Brotherhood, and the United States today sends wads of your cash to Egypt’s military, a military that once was on our side — but not anymore.
If you don’t consider this when you vote November 6, think about it when you write your check to the IRS next April. Or when you’re in the unemployment line.
This is our wacky world where we feed the hand that bites us.
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* Oh, but it is!
(Today is a rare two-fer-one. Don’t miss Obama bowing to Mecca just below.)