The country -- whose citizens attacked our embassy on September 11, 2012, burned our flag, and hoisted an al Qaeda-looking flag in its place -- wants aid. And Barack Obama wants to give it to them. Obama is requesting an emergency cash grant of $450 million to the Muslim Brotherhood government of Egypt.
The New York Times reports that Obama's aid request has "immediately encountered resistance from a prominent lawmaker."
The aid is part of the $1 billion in assistance that the Obama administration has pledged to Egypt to bolster its transition to democracy after the overthrow last year of the former president, Hosni Mubarak. Its fate, however, was clouded by concerns over the new government's policies and, more recently, the protests that damaged the American Embassy in Cairo.
The United States Agency for International Development notified Congress of the cash infusion on Friday morning during the pre-election recess, promptly igniting a smoldering debate over foreign aid and the administration's handling of crises in the Islamic world.
An influential Republican lawmaker, Representative Kay Granger of Texas, immediately announced that she would use her position as chairwoman of the House appropriations subcommittee overseeing foreign aid to block the distribution of the money. She said the American relationship with Egypt "has never been under more scrutiny" than it is in the wake of the election of President Mohamed Morsi, a former leader of the Muslim Brotherhood.
Now is the time that all foreign aid should be reevaluated. We don't have enough money to pay for our own governmental services, and yet we continue to dole out borrowed money to other countries? That doesn't make any sense. It makes a lot less sense when those countries burn American flags and attack our embassies.