U.S. Aid to Egypt and Libya: TIGHT STRINGS NEEDED

Discussion in 'Politics' started by Jackson, Sep 22, 2012.

  1. Jackson
    Offline

    Jackson Gold Member Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Dec 31, 2010
    Messages:
    19,645
    Thanks Received:
    4,875
    Trophy Points:
    290
    Location:
    Nashville
    Ratings:
    +12,685
    U.S. Aid to Egypt and Libya: Tight Strings Needed

    1. The Obama Administration is finalizing an aid package to Egypt that includes forgiving approximately $1 billion of Egypt’s debt to the United States. This is in addition to about $1.5 billion in annual U.S. foreign aid. However, the lax reaction of Egypt’s new Islamist government to the violent demonstrations at the U.S. embassy in Cairo has raised questions about the motivations of Egypt’s new Islamist leaders.

    2. Congress should monitor the Administration’s ongoing aid negotiations with Cairo and ensure that conditions are attached to any forthcoming aid that will advance U.S. national interests.

    3. Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, a longtime member of the anti-Western Muslim Brotherhood, has set Egypt on a troubling new foreign policy course since coming to power in June.

    4. His government has distanced itself from Washington while cozying up to China, improving relations with Iran, and violating its peace treaty with Israel. Morsi’s first trip outside the Middle East was to China.

    5. He embraced Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad at an Islamic summit in Saudi Arabia and became the first Egyptian leader to visit Iran since the 1979 revolution.

    6. Morsi’s government has also undermined Egypt’s 1979 peace treaty with Israel. After an August 5 terrorist attack by Islamist militants killed 16 Egyptian border guards in the Sinai, Cairo deployed tanks close to the Israeli border, a violation of the U.S.-brokered treaty

    7. Congress should exercise its oversight powers to evaluate the aid package and the Morsi government’s suitability for continued aid. It should approve the debt reduction package and continued foreign aid only if the Egyptian government makes ironclad commitments to:
    a)Fully protect U.S. citizens and property, particularly the U.S. embassy and other diplomatic posts;
    b) Maintain the peace treaty with Israel and stop deploying additional forces in the Sinai without prior Israeli approval;
    c) Cooperate in fighting al-Qaeda and other terrorist organizations; and
    d) Implement policies that protect the rights of its citizens, including freedom of religion, expression, and association, as well as due process of law.


    http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2012/09/us-aid-to-egypt-and-libya-tight-strings-needed


    Our Congress should act on our decision to continue to give aid to Egypt in light of their recent attacks on our embassy. We know that out own president won’t
     
  2. Oddball
    Offline

    Oddball BANNED Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Jan 3, 2009
    Messages:
    41,428
    Thanks Received:
    8,397
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    Drinking wine, eating cheese, catching rays
    Ratings:
    +8,409
    No strings are needed when you don't throw money at them...Which is the way it should be.
     
  3. Jackson
    Offline

    Jackson Gold Member Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Dec 31, 2010
    Messages:
    19,645
    Thanks Received:
    4,875
    Trophy Points:
    290
    Location:
    Nashville
    Ratings:
    +12,685
    If Morsi cannot live up to its own obligations set forth in earlier treaties with Israel and the West, I say it's time to cut their funding. If the funding is making a difference is the policies and securing the safety of israeli and American people in Egypt I say fine. The violent rhetoric coming out of Morsi while we give aid is contemptable.
     

Share This Page