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Ron Paul's Texas Straight Talk, July 8, 2013 - New Egyptian War: Americans Lose, AGAIN!

by Ron Paul

Looking at the banners in the massive Egyptian protests last week, we saw many anti-American slogans. Likewise, the Muslim Brotherhood-led government that was deposed by the military last week was very critical of what it saw as US support for the coup. Why is it that all sides in this Egyptian civil war seem so angry with the United States? Because the United States has at one point or another supported each side, which means also that at some point the US has also opposed each side. It is the constant meddling in Egyptian affairs that has turned Egyptians against us, as we would resent foreign intervention in our own affairs.

For more than 30 years, since the US-brokered Camp David Accord between Israel and Egypt, the US supported Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak. Over that period the US sent more than $60 billion to prop up Mubarak and, importantly, to train and seek control over the Egyptian military. Those who opposed Mubarak’s unelected reign became more and more resentful of the US, which they rightly saw as aiding and abetting a dictator and denying them their political aspirations.

Then the US began providing assistance to groups seeking to overthrow Mubarak, which they did in 2011. The US continued funding the Egyptian military at that time, arguing that US aid was more critical than ever if we are to maintain influence. The US Administration demanded an election in Egypt after Mubarak’s overthrow and an election was held. Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood won a narrow victory. The US supported Morsi but kept funding the Egyptian military.

After a year of Morsi’s rule, Egyptians who did not approve of his government took to the streets to demand his removal from power. The US signaled to the Egyptian military that it would not oppose the removal of Morsi from power, and he was removed on July 3rd. With the overthrow of the Muslim Brotherhood-led government came the arrest of many politicians and the closure of many media outlets sympathetic to them. Then the US government warned the same Egyptian military that undermined democracy that it needed to restore democracy! Is it any wonder why Egyptians from all walks of life are united in their irritation with the United States?

Despite the Egyptian government being overthrown by a military coup, the Obama Administration will not utter the word “coup” because acknowledging reality would mean an end to US assistance to the Egyptian government and military. That cannot be allowed.

Instead, we see the same Obama administration that is on a worldwide manhunt for pro-transparency whistle-blower Edward Snowden demand that the Egyptian military exercise "political transparency" in its dealings with the ousted Muslim Brotherhood-led government.

So, successive US administrations over the decades have supported all sides in Egypt, from dictator to demonstrator to military. There is only one side that the US government has never supported: our side. The American side. It has never supported the side of the US taxpayers who resent being forced to fund a foreign dictatorship, a foreign military, and foreign protestors. It has never supported the side of the majority of Americans who do not wish to get involved in the confusing internal affairs of countries thousands of miles away. It has never supported the side of those of us concerned about blowback, which is the real threat to our national security. Unfortunately, US administrations continue to follow the same old failed policies and Obama is no different. More intervention, more foreign aid, more bullying, more empire.

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A consice and informative article. IMHO it should read "as we do

" or "should resent foreign meddling in our affairs". I resent AIPAC. (with every fiber of my being) . I do not imagine I understand Egypt , foreign policy, or could summarize as well, however ,I feel in the u.s. we know intimately how it feels to have a phony government taking orders from unellected foreign nationals.

Aaron Russo, Nikola Tesla, Ron Paul, I'm jus' sayin'

Behind the scenes the players are very angry

John McCain calling for a review of aid to Egypt, that should tell you just how pissed off he is.

The Egyptian army removed American stooge Morsi and refused to install American puppet El Baradei.

For the first time in decades Egypt is not controlled by the CIA.

Also Israel's southern border is not secure, and Morsi had been sending Jihadists from Egypt into Syria to pretend to be Syrian 'rebels'.

What is relevant?

Of course the US taxpayer isn't winning anything. Totally irrelevant while he/she happily keeps paying.

However, it is in Israel's interest to have its neighbor countries descent into chaos, with government tanks and airplanes being destroyed by rebels.

Check the conflict in Syria, and all people wondering about Obama's strategy. Well step back for a moment and think... Apart from "Assad should win" and "Al-Queda should win" there is also "make the civil war as bloody and costly as possible, with no winners"... Seems Obama is an extremely efficient tool!

Fortunately the population is

Fortunately the population is distinguishing between the US government and the US population.

There's some nice footage out there of demonstrators with anti-Obama signs saying they love the US people.

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"Obama’s Economists: ‘Stimulus’ Has Cost $278,000 per Job."

That means: For each job "created or saved" about five were destroyed.

Dennis Kucinich on Fox News Sunday

said that the US funds more than 70% the Egyptian army expenses. This is done on top of economic aid and giving them excess military equipment. Part of this funding is because of the Camp David peace accord back in 1979. Kucinich said the Egyptian army actively lobbies congress.

(Reuters) - The United States has given Egypt an average of $2 billion annually since 1979, much of it military aid, according to the Congressional Research Service. The combined total makes Egypt the second largest recipient of U.S. aid after Israel.

So, when Dr. Paul says that our government has never supported the side of the US taxpayers, he is absolutely correct.

Here is the video:

"What if the American people learn the truth" - Ron Paul