Skip to comments.Clinton to battle Tea Party over foreign aid to Egypt and Libya
Posted on 09/20/2012 7:54:51 AM PDT by Qbert
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is scheduled to visit Congress on Thursday in an attempt to beat back Tea Party pressure to cut foreign aid to Egypt and Libya in the wake of anti-American violence in those countries.
Clinton, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and Deputy Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter are expected to brief members of the House and Senate on the unrest in the region, which included an attack on the U.S. Consulate in Libya that killed Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans.
During the briefing, Clinton is expected to make the case for Americas continued financial support to the region despite the tensions that were exposed during last weeks protests at U.S. embassies. We are continuing to work with the Hill on the support that we think is important to support those very forces of moderation, change, democracy, openness in Egypt that are very important for defeating extremism of the kind that we saw, State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said earlier this week. Its a conversation we obviously have to continue to have, and the secretary will be having it with the Congress as well this week, we expect.
Conservative Republicans are demanding that the Obama administration rethink its aid to Libya, Egypt and Pakistan, arguing that the countries have not lived up to their commitments as partners of the United States.
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said in a Dear Colleague letter that he would seek to block passage of must-pass spending legislation and prevent the Senates adjournment at the end of the week unless the Senate votes on his proposal to cut $4 billion in annual spending on Libya, Egypt and Pakistan. Paul has long sought to punish Pakistan for imprisoning Shakil Afridi, a doctor who helped the CIA locate Osama bin Laden.
Paul urged House members to pass legislation demanding accountability from all three countries.
If you want to get aid from our country, if you want to be an ally, you have to act like it, Paul told reporters Wednesday. Certain behaviors need to be adhered to [if youre going] to get money from the U.S. government.
Along those same lines, Sens. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) and Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) have introduced legislation that would require a report to Congress on the embassy attacks in Libya, Egypt and Yemen. DeMint said the report would help lawmakers decide what countries are deserving of foreign aid.
What we want to do in our proposed legislation with Bob Corker is get a report of whats gone on over there so that we can assess our foreign aid and make sure were not supporting those who are against us, DeMint told The Hill.
The senator said hes being flooded with calls from people who are angry about U.S. support for the Middle East following the American deaths in Benghazi, Libya.
Frankly, my phone calls from South Carolina and around the country on foreign aid there have been a lot of them, DeMint said Wednesday after a hearing on President Obamas nominee for ambassador to Iraq. People were frustrated with foreign aid in the first place, and now they feel like weve been giving money to a lot of countries that just did not protect us.
Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-Mass.) wont allow a vote on the bill, according to DeMint. Kerry said Wednesday that the State Department is putting together an independent board to look into the deadly attack in Benghazi, making the legislation from DeMint and Corker redundant.
The boiling anger at Egypt, meanwhile, was on full display Wednesday in the House, where Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) and House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairwoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) lambasted the Egyptian government during floor speeches before voting on a resolution honoring the four dead Americans.
American assistance is not an entitlement, and Congress expects Egypts new leaders to respect the parameters and conditions of our generous aid, Cantor warned.
Lawmakers have expressed dismay that it took Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi, the newly elected leader from the Muslim Brotherhood, about 24 hours to criticize a protest at the U.S. Embassy in Cairo. The demonstration culminated in the burning of the American flag on the anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
This cannot happen again, Ros-Lehtinen said, and Congress will be closely monitoring the ongoing protests and reassessing our assistance packages and our approaches based on the responses of these governments to assaults on our embassies and our institutions.
Republicans are split over whether to continue engaging with Islamist governments as the Middle East undergoes a period of change that has toppled authoritarian governments.
Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.), champions of deeper U.S. involvement in Syria, said they disagreed with their Tea Party colleagues, but understood their frustration.
Thats the libertarian view and not the dominant conservative Republican view, Graham said. I think Sen. McCain and myself speak for the Ronald Reagan tradition of peace through strength. I dont think it is wise now to gut your military and to disengage from a region thats going through fundamental change.
Clinton needs to talk to Congress, because [the administration] has had such abysmal failures in their entire national security policy, McCain told The Hill. Lawmakers are going home and theyre going to hear from their constituents.
You just dont know, McCain said, what lawmakers will do when they return after meeting with voters who, understandably, are very unhappy.
Is he going to wag his finger at us again?
Mac daddy does not want the rag heads tp riot?
Watch for Palin Twitter account to add fuel to this fire....in 3...2....1......
They need to take the Egypt pledges and give them to Israel so Israel can administer peace and prosperity for them (after Iran).
Help Israel do America’s work!
She won’t answer questions about her failure as secretary of state but she will beg for money.
We had better give them MORE aid for come the end of the year we won't have a defense budget left to fight them.
Goober is so gone in the next primary...
But our dear Muslim friends don’t like us giving money. We should stop so that they will be our BFF and love us!
10. At the end, we draw the attention of the new statesmen of the revolutionary countries in the region to the following point: with financial and political promises, America and the west now strive to hijack the revolution of people and martyrs blood and make you mercenaries like your predecessors, but as you see nowadays they never befriend Islam nor Muslims. Accordingly, instead of moving towards America and its allies in the region, listen to the message of Islam and pay attention to your peoples demands; and know that a real power is tantamount to real belief in God and rely on Muslim masses.
The Ahl ul-Bayt (a) World Assembly
God forbid that the people’s will rule this country as opposed to the chessmasters.
"She wont answer questions about her failure as secretary of state but she will beg for money."
Yep. And where's the Commander in Chief on this? (Oh yeah, I forgot- talking with pirates and partyin' down with Jay-Z...)
So anything that Hillary says "under orders from Obama" is just phoney rhetoric.
Dependency breeds resentment ... for both parties in the dysfunctional relationship.
Why haven’t we learned this by now?
The only “foreign aid” we should be sending to the Islamic world should be in the form of heavy ordnance. Let’s just bring all our troops and diplomats home and bomb the sons of bitches back to the 7th century; that’s where they want to be anyway.
BILLIONS FOR JIHAD! Obamas 2009 Supplemental Appropriations for Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Pandemic Flu was revised and passed by the full committee. It gives billions of U.S. taxpayer dollars to countries and entities that support Sharia law and/or harbor, hide and support those who want to destroy the U.S. and our allies. http://creepingsharia.wordpress.com/2009/05/1...
Read the summary from David Obeys office that was quietly released last week with nary a word from any media.
$3.6 BILLION, matching the request, to expand and improve capabilities of the Afghan security forces
$400 MILLION, as requested, to build the counterinsurgency capabilities of the Pakistani security forces
AFGHANISTAN: $1.52 BILLION, $86 MILLION above the request WEST BANK AND GAZA: $665 MILLION in bilateral economic, humanitarian, and security assistance for the West Bank and Gaza
JORDAN: $250 million,$250 million above the request, including $100 million for economic and $150 million for security assistance
EGYPT: $360 MILLION, $310 million above the request, including $50 million for economic assistance,$50 million for border security, and $260 million for security assistance
PAKISTAN:$1.9 billion,$591 million above the request
IRAQ:$968 MILLION,$336 million above the request
Oversight: $20 million,$13 million above the request, to expand oversight capacity of the State Department, USAID, and the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan to review programs in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iraq
International Food Assistance:$500 MILLION,$200 million above the request, for PL 480 international food assistance to alleviate suffering during the global economic crisis
REFUGEE ASSISTANCE:$343 MILLION,$50 million above the request, including humanitarian assistance for Gaza.
Funding for the UN Relief and Works Agency programs in the West Bank and Gaza is limited to $119 million (Note: Gaza = Hamas)
Disaster Assistance: $200 MILLION to avert famines and provide life-saving assistance during natural disasters and for internally displaced people around the world, including Somalia, Zimbabwe, Ethiopia, the Middle East and South Asia
Peacekeeping:$837 MILLION FOR UNITED NATIONS peacekeeping operations, including an expanded mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and a new mission in Chad and the Central African Republic
Department of Justice: $17 million, matching the request, for counter-terrorism activities and to provide training and assistance for the Iraqi criminal justice system
OBAMA GIVES YOUR TAX DOLLARS TO REBUILD MUSLIM MOSQUES AROUND THE WORLD! http://canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/... #
ACCORDING TO THE ASSOCIATED PRESS, THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION WILL GIVE AWAY NEARLY $6 MILLION OF AMERICAN TAX DOLLARS TO RESTORE 63 HISTORIC AND CULTURAL SITES, INCLUDING ISLAMIC MOSQUES AND MINARETS, IN 55 NATIONS. See the State Department document here. http://exchanges.state.gov/media/pdfs/office-...
And THATS just the tip of the iceberg.
THIS will blow your mind!! http://gbk.eads.usaidallnet.gov/ They should have 2010 up, but they dont. Thats where youll find Obamas largesse towards Muslim countries really go off the charts.
http://www.foreignassistance.gov/DataView.aspx charts: http://gbk.eads.usaidallnet.gov/data/fast-facts.html
If Huma tells Hillary to send money to Egypt and it’s Muslims you can bet Hillary is going to try to send Money to Egypt and it’s Muslims,.
Hillary wants to continue funding terrorists.
Like hell you do