Skip to comments.Sen. Cruz Statement on Egypt (Suspend aid over anti-Muslim Brotherhood 'coup')
Posted on 08/16/2013 9:09:18 AM PDT by kristinn
WASHINGTON, DC -- U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) released the following statement on President Obamas comments concerning violence in Egypt:
President Obamas detached and abstract statement yesterday on deteriorating conditions in Egypt is only the most recent manifestation of this Administration's failed policy in that country. As there can no longer be any reasonable doubt that what occurred in July was a military coup, the first step is to send an unequivocal message that the United States is a nation of laws and suspend aid to Egypt.
The United States has invested billions in Egypt since the Camp David peace accords, and should have significant influence with its government. President Obama, however, has squandered this leverage. In 2010, the Obama administration failed to pressure Hosni Mubarak to make an orderly transition to a more democratic system of government. Then it failed to extract any concessions from Mohammad Morsis Muslim Brotherhood regime in return for the additional billion dollars in aid it inexplicably pledged. As Morsis rule became increasingly dictatorial, this administration failed to support those calling for more inclusive and tolerant leadership.
When a military coup occurred, it failed to follow current U.S. law and suspend aid to Egypt, something that could have been done to encourage the new government to move swiftly toward democratic reforms. Not illogically, the Egyptian military took this as permission to act with impunity against the Muslim Brotherhood, which in turn is provoking violence and committing savage crimes against Coptic Christians.
The one sentiment uniting these disparate groupsas President Obama noted in his remarksis to blame the United States, the country that continues to pour taxpayer dollars into Egypt. The situation demands recognition that our country's current aid system is utterly and irretrievably broken. Not only are we giving arms and money to people who hate us around the worldin Egypt, we are managing to give arms and money in a way that makes our former friends hate us. It must stop now.
When and if the United States does resume aid to Egypt, it should be clearly targeted at producing a result that is in the best interests of the United States, which would be a secular, inclusive and stable administration that supports Camp David and will be able to maintain the Suez Canal.
But the President concluded his remarks, tellingly, with, 'We don't take sides with any particular party or political figure.' That was his policy in 2009 when he failed to vigorously support the Green Revolution in Iran. It was his policy in 2011 when he failed to swiftly call for the removal of the Syrian dictator Bashir al-Assad when there was a unified, peaceful and secular opposition to him. And it has been the basis of the Obama Administrations failed policy in Egypt, which, by refusing to use our leverage to advance U.S. interests and priorities, has contributed to that countrys descent into chaos.
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Tell it to the House.
Cruz notes that all our billions have gone for nought since the Egyptian people’s hatred of the United States is at an all time high.
A good leader can take a stand. Ted Cruz did this. Mr. Obama doesn’t.
Conservatives can flap their gums about Obama not Obeying the law but if we aren’t consistent about it, we’re nothing but hypocrites. The same can be said about all the whining about all the money our government blows. We either mean it or we don’t.
And Cruz also says we can resume aid in the future in support of the goals of the United States.
I’m not following Cruz here.
Someone Egyptian, educated, on the ground and understanding why the coup was necessary drew a parallel with what would be do if Obama were to suspend the Bill of Rights in the USA and impose Sharia Law? What would we do? Would we support our military in removing Obama from the White House if this action was the only option?
Somehow Cruz is missing the real picture here. Suspend aid all you want Senator but do it for the right reasons, not some tale about rule of law and such nonsense. Moris was a deceiver that was leading the Egyptian people to Sharia Law and the people there did not want that period.
No need Senator for you to chime in now.
The Shiites have killed 650 and wounded 3000 Sunnis WITH THE WEAPONS WE GAVE THAT ARMY COMMITTING THE ATROCITIES AND WAR CRIMES!!
Cruz mentions a few paragraphs in that suspending aid to the new regime encourages a more swift acceptance of democracy, therefore eliminating a need for future billions.
I have no idea who to ping - this is beyong revolting! Cruz should know better! Is every single person in DC in the pay of Mozlems? Is all they read/watch mainstream propaganda? Are they all in cahoots with the Mozlem Brotherhood?
Is there one single elected official who cares to know the truth of what’s happened and happening in Egypt?
I seriously feel like I’m going to be sick. Rand Paul sides with MB and AQ yesterday, now Cruz jumped on the bandwagon.
My only question is:
Are these weasel politicians just incredibly ill informed and blind stupid? (In which case they should resign.)
Or are they actively, knowingly choosing the WRONG SIDE in Egypt? The Mozlem Brotherhood/Al Qaeda side? (In which case they should resign.)
Is there one single honest and intelligent person in deecee left? ONE????? With the courage to speak the truth and act on it?
It seems not.
He’s taking the Mozlem Brotherhood Al Qaeda side. He’s siding with the bad guys.
Stupidity? Money? At this point I could give a rip.
Anyone who goes out of their way to side with MB is worse than a fool.
The ones committing atrocities are the MB. The military has shown incredible restraint.
A better approach would be for Obama to declare that a coup has occurred, and to ask the Congress to pass a law permitting aid notwithstanding. That would the non-lawless way to handle the situation.
The Muslim Brotherhood got into office by lying about its agenda and with a strong organization that took advantage of the US’s demand that elections be held before other political organizations were ready. It is a good thing, and consistent with traditional American values, that the military took over and is fighting the Muslim Brotherhood.
It was not a military coup. The people demanded that the military step in.
A military coup means the military runs the government. They didn’t and aren’t.
It might have made some sense if Congress had acted when Obama staged his ILLEGAL war against Kaddafi, or when he pushed hard to INSTALL the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt.
I agree that we should gradually back out of aid to Egypt, but not in response to a popular removal of the Muslim Brotherhood from power after they broke and suspended the laws of Egypt and conspired in church burnings and murders of Coptic Christians.
Sorry, but I’m not really a big fan of Cruz’s. He’s picked up the conservative baton that Marco Rubio dropped. And he’s better than Rubio. But I don’t think either one of them is ready for prime time.
I am not going to agree with either Rand or Paul here, and that fact is just annoying me to no end.
Is everyone so much in love with the Islamists and with terrorism that they all turn into political whores?
An obvious Military coup? We should shut the heck up right now, about our “obvious military coup”.
I am listening to Egyptian TV and it is not obvious to them - they want the OBVIOUS terrorism to stop killing their country. How do we know more about the Egyptian system than the Egyptians do?
WHO is the power behind this love and enabling of Islam in our world?
Can no one stand up and speak the truth in our country anymore?
I can’t agree with either Cruz OR Rand Paul. :)