7/31/13 – As the nation patiently waited for the House to debate an amendment introduced by Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI) to the House’s $598 billion defense bill, another amendment cosponsored by Reps. Amash, Ted Yoho (R-FL) and introduced by Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) was approved on a voice vote.
According to Massie, “the Constitution prohibits the president from unilaterally spending American taxpayer dollars on military operations without congressional approval.” The bill was a response to concerns about the Obama Administration’s difficulty to talk openly about the overthrow of Mohamed Morsi and use the term coup d’etat to describe it.
Rep. Massie’s amendment passed with barely sufficient dissent to call it an objection, which demonstrates the House’s unanimous animosity towards President Obama’s unwillingness to abide by the law. The law in question states that military or financial assistance to a country whose president was overthrown, should be suspended. NOTE: Wouldn’t it be nice if that animosity were also shared by the members of the Democrat-led Senate?
While the law sustains that a coup is enough to halt assistance, it also stipulates that it’s up to the administration to recognize the veracity of the deposition; NOTE: that’s a shoot-in-the-foot solution which, since the present Administration is intensely supportive of Muslims in general and Islam in particular, guarantees that disagreement will occur between the two branches of government in interpreting the meaning of the law. It also does nothing to recognize what has been happening in Egypt the last two years. While the media hypes the Morsi election as legitimate, doubts have arisen. That election brought to power the Society of Muslim Brethren, better known in the West as the Muslim Brotherhood, founded by Hassan al-Banna, an obscure Egyptian schoolteacher. This well-known terrorist group may have concealed its true purposes from the Egyptian people: i.e., its intention to return the nation to orthodox Islam and install the Shari’a, a system of civil and criminal law. But at least two thirds of the people of Egypt had jettisoned that system many years before when they elected Gamal Abdel Nasser as their president, thereby demonstrating that they did not want to live under such a system.
Early on Thursday, July 26th, the Obama administration notified Congress that it has not declared what happened to Egypt as a coup, which is by law, enough to preserve the annual $1.5 billion in aid the United States provides to Egypt. Rep Massie’s amendment, which was added to the House Defense Appropriations Act, keeps the U.S. Military from providing assistance directly or indirectly by blocking any funding to Egyptian military groups without first obtaining approval from Congress.
This news might hit the middle east’s most populous country hard, especially since the International Monetary Fund decided to oppose direct involvement after Egypt’s interim government asked the organization for a loan. According to Reuters, a spokesperson declared that the IMF and Egypt will only engage in talks concerning the $4.8 billion loan once the government is legitimized and recognized by the international community; NOTE: The IMF’s position seems like a good middle ground, since the Egyptian military has a history of coups and has not always followed up with its promises of Democratic elections.
NOTE: According to the liberal media, the Muslim Brotherhood allegedly won the popular vote in that recent election, and because of that, Morsi should not have been deposed. But, when that happened, the people of Egypt were subjected to Shari’a Law, which, confused by mixed signals from the campaigning Muslim Brotherhood, understandably, less than a third of them actually wanted.
Apparently, the situation in Egypt is little understood by our leaders, and by the media and public, who seemed to think that Morsi’s election would bring about peace to the land of the Nile. On the contrary, all it did was to inspire a military coup, which threw out a terrorist organization and installed an interim government with the promise of a new general election that may well produce a secular government more in line with the will of at least two thirds of the people there. But, since Islam is at war with the rest of the world, and it is involved in a Jihad or struggle to impose Shari’a law upon all nations, including Egypt, what of the other third? It is unlikely that they will give up their struggle and live in peace until they get what they want.
So, given the history of violent overthrow of governments in the twenty-two Arab states and the forty-four Muslim (Islamic) states over the past twenty years, it was only a matter of time until Morsi was removed. Now? There is a temporary government in power in Egypt, placed there by a military coup (despite what our president, in an unbelievable display of Orwellian language twisting, calls it), and which carries with it the possibility of a democratic election of a secular government more closely resembling what Egypt had before Morsi, and which is more in line with what the majority of Egyptian citizens want.
So, if this happens, our financial aid will NOT be going to our enemies – the Muslim Brotherhood. We need to help the Egyptians to make that happen, NOT hinder them by calling for the Muslim Brotherhood to be re-installed. NOTE: Since our President actually wants Morsi back, THAT’S another reason we should oppose that result.
NOTE: Representative Massie DID point out that a recent poll shows that most Americans oppose aid to Egypt, especially amid the political turmoil the country is now experiencing. While 35% of Republicans say aid to Egypt should shrink, 31% reported are absolutely against any type of aid to the region. Democrats felt similar with 32% saying they would rather see a reduction in foreign aid, and 27% saying all aid should be interrupted.