Last time I checked, it was the House of Representatives that controlled the purse, including “aid” to foreign governments, not the Dumb Bastard. In fact, today the House is set to vote on just such a spending bill. We shall see.
The Obama administration said the United States would not withhold aid to Egypt despite the attacks on the embassy in Cairo.
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said “no” – flatly – on Thursday in response to questions from reporters aboard Air Force One, the Washington Examiner reports.
“It’s important to note, as the readout of the president’s call noted, that…we appreciate the public statements that President Morsi has made condemning acts of violence.” Carney said.
But when asked about the President’s remarks on whether Egypt remains an ally, Carney added this clarification: “No, the president, in diplomatic and legal terms, was speaking correctly. As I said, we do not have a mutual defense treaty with Egypt, like we do, for example, with our NATO allies.
“But as the president has said, Egypt is a longstanding and close partner of the United States, and we have built on that foundation in supporting Egypt’s transition to democracy and working with the new government,” Carney said.
And this from Jennifer Rubin at WaPo: New attack on Americans; Obama foreign policy in disarray
The political media saw yesterday’s events through the prism of a presidential campaign. But in fact it was a national security development with long-term implications for U.S. foreign policy, including widespread doubt about the administration’s approach to the region and, in the short run, our decision to give more than a billion in aid to the Muslim Brotherhood-controlled government of Egypt.
Today, attacks on Americans continued, evidence that our reaction yesterday did nothing to deter would-be assailants. The newest target was in Yemen. Reuters reported: “Hundreds of Yemeni demonstrators broke through the main gate of the heavily fortified compound in eastern Sanaa, shouting, ‘We sacrifice ourselves for you, Messenger of God.’ Earlier they smashed windows of security offices outside the embassy and burned cars.” Apparently, expressions of sympathy for hurt feelings was not enough to quell the anti-American sentiments of jihadists. Well, it never is, is it?
I’ll take a wild guess that Congress is going to balk at handing out taxpayer dollars to the Muslim Brotherhood government. Even Obama acknowledges that he doesn’t see Egypt as an ally, or an enemy. So why give it a billion dollars, if we’re not sure?
The images of American flags burning and the deaths of Americans at the hands of jihadists will change the perception of American influence in the region in the eyes of Americans, our allies and our foes. The administration has a full-blown crisis on its hands, and as yet, there is no sign it knows what to do about it.