2 votes

WashPo: Rand Paul favors domestic pork instead of foreign aid

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“).

WashingtonPost: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/right-turn/wp/2013/08/01...




Comment viewing options

Select your preferred way to display the comments and click "Save settings" to activate your changes.

"[Sen. John] McCain portrayed

"[Sen. John] McCain portrayed Paul as the heir to the America Firsters.”

Being for America first is a bad thing, really Rubin? The neo-nuts are revealing themselves.

Absolutely! America First'rs are racists...

...only an Israel first'r is a decent human.

America can rot in it's poverty as long as that poverty was obtained in the execution of Israel's foreign policy.

peAce

Liberty = Responsibility