Awhile back a lot of Americans, perhaps especially those who tended to identify as libertarian and/or conservative, got really fed up with the US Government backing the governments of people who hate us. I more or less agreed with this sentiment—though I thought some people were forgetting to consider that people in other countries might hate us because we fund “their” governments that mistreat and exploit them. Congress actually passed a law that said a country must meet certain “standards” before we send them piles of Chinese debt backed by the promises to tax our children. As Reuters reports:
“Under U.S. law, for the $1.3 billion to flow the secretary of state must certify that the Egyptian government ‘is supporting the transition to civilian government, including holding free and fair elections, implementing policies to protect freedom of expression, association and religion, and due process of law.’”
Sounds great, doesn’t it. The only problem with the law is that Obama’s Secretary of State is given a choice as to whether or not to obey it. All he has to do, to send aid to Egypt is write a self-justification:
“The legislation, championed by Senator Patrick Leahy, a Vermont Democrat, also gives the U.S. government the ability to waive that condition if it deems this in the U.S. national security interest and provides a detailed justification.”
So, in effect, nothing has changed.
“Secretary of State John Kerry quietly acted last month to give Egypt $1.3 billion in U.S. military aid, deciding that this was in the national interest despite Egypt’s failure to meet democracy standards. Kerry made the decision well before an Egyptian court this week convicted 43 democracy workers, including 16 Americans, in what the United States regards as a politically motivated case against pro-democracy non-governmental organizations.”
The most you can say about this law is that it was a reporting requirement. The Secretary of State was already deciding to give aid to non-democratic and non-free countries for the sake of the alleged “national interest.” And the law, portrayed as a requirement or a ban on doing so, actually allows him to keep doing exactly what he has always been doing.
Remember, when this law was originally passed, it was used to defuse calls for the abolition of foreign aid. This was supposed to be a compromise. Once again, a “compromise” has proven to be allowing our internationalist regime to keep doing what they want.
Remember also that there are Christians and others in Egypt who are worried about their lives and their futures. By giving over a billion dollars in military aid, the United States is directly empowering a Muslim Brotherhood regime over and against its own people. It does not have to rely on a recovering economy in Egypt in order to raise revenue for Governmental “needs.” It just gets guns from us that it can use on any “enemy,” foreign or domestic.
Further, Kerry is assuming that our “national interest” lies in empowering Sunni Muslims, even to the point of arming Al Qaeda, against the Shiites Muslims. Our debt and taxes are basically being confiscated by a few elites who want to play “Game of Thrones” in the Middle East.
Some day Kerry will be remembered as an enemy of human rights, whether Americans’ or Egyptians’.