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Egypt commits Act of War against United States; promptly rewarded with $450 Million

Let’s get this straight. On the 11th anniversary of the September 11th attacks, the U.S. Embassy in Cairo was attacked and the U.S. flag was replaced with an al-Qaeda flag. We have a question for those who think a declaration of war on Egypt would be too extreme.

Do you think the U.S. should be giving Egypt $450 Million in emergency relief aid three weeks after the 9/11/12 attacks?

The Obama administration answers that question in the affirmative.

Via the New York Times:

The Obama administration notified Congress on Friday that it would provide Egypt’s new government an emergency cash infusion of $450 million, but the aid immediately encountered resistance from a prominent lawmaker wary of foreign aid and Egypt’s new course under the leadership of the Muslim Brotherhood.

The aid is part of the $1 billion in assistance that the Obama administration has pledged to Egypt to bolster its transition to democracy after the overthrow last year of the former president, Hosni Mubarak. Its fate, however, was clouded by concerns over the new government’s policies and, more recently, the protests that damaged the American Embassy in Cairo.

The United States Agency for International Development notified Congress of the cash infusion on Friday morning during the pre-election recess, promptly igniting a smoldering debate over foreign aid and the administration’s handling of crises in the Islamic world.

An influential Republican lawmaker, Representative Kay Granger of Texas, immediately announced that she would use her position as chairwoman of the House appropriations subcommittee overseeing foreign aid to block the distribution of the money. She said the American relationship with Egypt “has never been under more scrutiny” than it is in the wake of the election of President Mohamed Morsi, a former leader of the Muslim Brotherhood.

“I am not convinced of the urgent need for this assistance and I cannot support it at this time,” Ms. Granger said in a statement that her office issued even before the administration announced the package.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, speaking at a meeting of the Group of 8 nations in New York, said on Friday that the world needed to do more to support the governments that have emerged from the Arab Spring uprisings, including those in Egypt, Libya and Tunisia.

“The recent riots and protests throughout the region have brought the challenge of transition into sharp relief,” Mrs. Clinton said, without mentioning the assistance to Egypt specifically. “Extremists are clearly determined to hijack these wars and revolutions to further their agendas and ideology, so our partnership must empower those who would see their nations emerge as true democracies.”

It would seem that Hillary Clinton is taking a view in the early 21st Century that is diametrically opposed to the view taken by President Thomas Jefferson in the early 19th Century with the same pirates from the same part of the world.

From the halls of Montazuma to the shores of Tripoli…

Would it be out of line to mention (AGAIN) that the mother of Hillary Clinton’s closest adviser – Huma Abedin – is a close colleague of Mohamed Mursi’s wife?

Thomas Jefferson would likely not approve.

We’re just sayin’…

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