While Obama is intervening in our free enterprise system to fundamentally alter our capitalist society at home, he his intervening on behalf of radical Islamists around the world and endangering our national security. In his effort to reach out to America’s enemies, Obama has emboldened the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, orchestrated an Islamist takeover of Libya that is reverberating throughout North Africa, thrown Israel overboard, and has offered Vladimir Putin some “flexibility.”
Concurrently, he is negotiating with the Taliban even while leaving our troops in the field to fight a tepid social work operation in Afghanistan. He is doing nothing to stem the “pink tide” of radicals and Islamists penetrating Latin America, and is not concerned about Hugo Chavez. Obama’s foreign policy vices are the most underreported aspects of his tenure as president.
While there is not much Congress can do to alter the president’s wide latitude in pursuing wrongheaded foreign policy, they can cut off funds for his radical agenda. In his FY 2013 budget proposal, Obama asked for $770 million to fund the “Arab Spring” governments in the Middle East and North Africa. This is on top of the $2 billion annually that has already been promised to whatever unsavory government is put into power by the freedom-loving Egyptian people. Congress must ensure that not one penny of US aid is sent to governments supported by the Muslim Brotherhood or other radical Islamic interests.
Unfortunately, Democrat and Republican appropriators in the Senate already approved Obama’s full request for aid to Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood government. In addition, they opened a new account with $1 billion allocated for the Arab Spring governments. The House bill does not contain the new Arab Spring funding, but it continues to allow money to flow to Egypt as long as the State Department can confirm that they have transitioned power to a democratically elected government. But what good is that if the democratically elected government is the Muslim Brotherhood? Moreover, both the House and Senate bill grant the Secretary of State waiver authority on national security grounds. We’ve seen that rodeo many times before with funding for the Palestinians.
When the fight over the final funding measure for FY 2013 commences, most of the focus will be on domestic programs and Obamacare. However, we must not let foreign aid for the Muslim Brotherhood slip into a thousand page bill when nobody is looking. To that end, Congressman Joe Walsh is circulating a letter to House leadership requesting that all aid to Egypt be suspended as long as they fail to commit to upholding the Camp David Accords peace treaty with Israel. Whether there are members of the State Department who have ties to the Muslim Brotherhood or not, it is certainly clear that many of them sympathize with them. We certainly cannot leave these funding decisions up to these bureaucrats. The Republican House needs to act before we have Jimmy Carter and the Shah times ten. When they’re finished tripping over themselves to denounce Bachmann, they might want to refocus attention on Obama’s dangerous insouciance towards the Muslim Brotherhood takeover of Egypt. It’s not a sin to focus on non-economic issues for a day or two.
Below the fold is a copy of Congressman Walsh’s letter.
Speaker John Boehner Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi
Majority Leader Eric Cantor Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer
Dear House Leadership:
In light of recent comments made by Egypt’s newly elected ruling leaders, we believe that it is time for the United States to re-think the more than $2 billion in aid that it gives the Egyptian government every year. At a time when our nation is racking up record deficits and American families are struggling under higher taxes and shrinking budgets, the United States needs to start prioritizing foreign aid programs.
In 1979, Egypt signed a peace treaty with Israel at the Camp David Accords, and U.S. aid to Egypt has averaged about $2 billion annually since then. This aid package was designed to incentivize the Egyptian government to maintain peace with Israel and promote stability in the region. Historical records show that then-president Hosni Mubarak and Egyptian military leaders viewed U.S. aid as “untouchable compensation.” In essence, this $2 billion annual aid package is compensation to the Egyptian government for making and maintaining peace with Israel.
We write with concern, however, that President-elect Mohamed Mursi and the Muslim Brotherhood political party, recently elected to control of the Egyptian government, will not view America’s foreign aid package in the same way. Many members of the Muslim Brotherhood have a history of supporting terrorism, and current party leaders have made no conscious move to abandon that legacy. President-elect Mursi has spoken noxiously about American policy in the Middle East, referred to Israelis as “tyrants,” and expressed doubts that the 9/11 attacks were carried out by terrorists. The President-elect has also been quoted as stating that he favors normalizing relations with Iran, including expanding areas of political and economic cooperation in order to create a balance of pressure in the region.
Of greatest concern are reports that President-elect Mursi revealed that the Camp David Peace Accords with Israel “will be reviewed.” Not only do these statements put Egypt squarely opposite U.S. policy in the region, but they also violate the explicit understanding in the annual U.S. aid package to Egypt.
Therefore, we, the undersigned, urge you to withhold all U.S. aid to the Egyptian government until its ruling leaders—President-elect Mursi and the Muslim Brotherhood—publicly reaffirm Egypt’s treaties, promote peace with Israel, and continue to recognize Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish state. We would like to continue an open, working relationship with the new leaders; however, they need to make the choice to work with the United States to continue to promote peace and stability in the region. Any future foreign aid packages must be contingent on these actions.
Every tax dollar that goes to propping up a government directly opposed to American interests is a tax dollar wasted. That money should instead be put towards paying down our national debt or providing tax relief to struggling American families.
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