WashPo: Rand Paul favors domestic pork instead of foreign aidSubmitted by P. Nicholson on Thu, 08/01/2013 - 12:16
By Jennifer Rubin, Published: August 1 at 11:30 am
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) was walloped by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) this week and then by his Senate colleagues who defeated his bid to cut off aid entirely to Egypt. My colleague Dana Milbank notes, “The result reinforced the proud tradition of internationalism in the body, and in the GOP. For all the talk of a Republican civil war over foreign policy, Wednesday’s vote showed that the internationalists still dominate. [Sen. John] McCain portrayed Paul as the heir to the America Firsters.”
As I have argued, the responsible and lawful move is for the president to acknowledge there was a coup in Egypt and agree aid under current law must be discontinued, but then to obtain legislation conditioning aid based on the military government’s conduct. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) made a pitch for this sort of approach included in legislation he proposed in March (when Mohamed Morsi was in power). He again called for us to condition aid to Egypt on political and economic reform, adherence to the peace treaty with Israel, assistance in anti-terrorism and respect for religious minorities and also to restructure the aid we do give (“they probably don’t need any [more] F-16′s“).