Skip to comments.Senate Republicans Arm the Brotherhood
Posted on 02/03/2013 6:22:58 AM PST by Servant of the Cross
Nearly two-thirds of them voted to give weapons to the Egyptian government.
Im done grumbling about how President Obama is empowering Americas enemies. After all, it is not just Obama. When it comes to abetting the Muslim Brotherhood, Republicans are right there with him.
Not all of them, of course. This week, for example, Senator Rand Paul proposed an amendment that would have prohibited our government from transferring F-16 aircraft and Abrams tanks to Egypts Muslim Brotherhooddominated government. This lunatic plan is not just an Obama initiative. It is also a GOP brainstorm of a piece with 2011s Libya debacle, in which Republican leaders cheered as Obama, upon consulting with the Arab League, ignored Congress and levied war on behalf of the very jihadists who, quite predictably, have since raided Qaddafis arsenal, besieged northern Africa, and massacred Americans in Benghazi.
A few weeks back, the John McCain & Lindsey Graham roadshow made its way to Brotherhood Central in Cairo, with newcomer Kelly Ayotte in tow. Senator Ayotte appears to have filled the void created by Joe Liebermans retirement after all, when you have Republicans, who needs another Democrat? The former trio is best remembered for its Tripoli triumph of late 2009, when the three kicked back in the Qaddafi compound and toasted our newly cozy relations with the dictator. The bipartisan solons then winged their way home in time to second the Obama State Departments increase in funding for the Libyan dictators regime. After all, they reasoned, Qaddafi was our hedge against Libyas jihadists. As is their wont, though, the solons soon dazzled us with a 180, suddenly deciding that what we really needed to do was back Libyas jihadists in their war against Qaddafi. The rest, as they say in Mali, is history.
So the GOP brain trust now brings this Midas touch to Egypt, rallying behind Obamas cozy relations with the new Islamic democracy. That would be the Brotherhoods rapidly unraveling sharia basket case, into which our own bankrupt government has so far sunk nearly 3 billion U.S.-taxpayer dollars, with more billions soon to come through U.S.-backed IMF loans and, yes, sophisticated U.S. weaponry. Any moment now, as it was in turbulent Libya, the ground in Egypt is certain to shift, or crater. When it does, who knows whose side the senators will have us on . . . and who knows what American enemies may be wielding that U.S. weaponry?
Senator Paul, by contrast, has three ideas that seem positively batty to the McCain gang. First, he thinks that American foreign policy ought to be premised on American national interests, not on the shifting notions of global stability popular at the Wilson School and the Council on Foreign Relations. Second, he suggests that when we give aid and arms to anti-American Islamists, bad things tend to happen to America. Finally, Paul believes the foundation of American foreign policy is, of all quaint things, the United States Constitution. The Framers gave Congress not merely the authority but the duty to thwart executive excess. On the international stage, that primarily means the power of the purse, which enables the peoples representatives to defund such madness as the arming of Islamic supremacists.
So Senator Paul tried to stop weapons transfer. His amendment, however, was defeated 7919, because 23 Republican senators opted to follow the lead of McCain, Graham, and Ayotte. They joined all Senate Democrats (and a couple of nominal independents who are, in effect, Democrats) in voting to table the Paul Amendment. Tabling is a bit of procedural chicanery, allowing senators to defeat Pauls amendment yet pretend to the folks back home that they didnt actually vote against it.
Dont be fooled. The choice here was simple: Stand with the Muslim Brotherhood or stand with the American people. Nearly two-thirds of Senate Republicans went with the Brothers.
Lets be clear about whom Republicans have voted to arm. In late 2010, as I detail in Spring Fever: The Illusion of Islamic Democracy, Mohammed Badi, head of the Muslim Brotherhood, called for violent jihad against the United States and Israel. The Supreme Guide gleefully added, The United States is now experiencing the beginning of its end, and is heading towards its demise. The Brotherhood took pains to post this speech on its Arabic-language website, reflecting its official position.
Badis sentiments would have been no surprise to anyone who had been paying attention. It had not been long, after all, since the Holy Land Foundation trial, in which the Justice Department proved that the Brotherhood regards the core mission of its U.S.-based affiliates (such organizations as CAIR, the Muslim Students Association, and the Islamic Society of North America) to be, as the Brothers themselves put it, a grand jihad in eliminating and destroying Western civilization from within by sabotage. Prosecutors further demonstrated that the Brotherhoods principal activity in the U.S. since the late 1980s has been the financing and promotion of Hamas, a formally designated terrorist organization to which it is a serious federal felony to provide material support. Lo and behold, since the moment the Brotherhood took power in Egypt, promoting and legitimizing the leadership of Hamas has been at the top of its agenda.
Mohamed Morsi, a leading Brotherhood official, became Egypts president last summer just as his close associate, the aforementioned Supreme Guide, was railing that all Muslims, including rulers, must wage jihad in Allahs way in order to reverse the usurpation of Palestine by the murdering Zionist criminals. In his very first public pronouncement after winning the presidency, Morsi called for the United States to release Omar Abdel Rahman. That would be the Blind Sheikh, who is serving a life sentence for terrorism convictions, and who has been credited by Osama bin Laden with issuing the fatwa that approved the 9/11 attacks. Al-Qaeda quite sensibly gleaned that fatwa from this statement about Americans that Abdel Rahman made following his conviction:
In addition to calling for the Blind Sheikhs return to Egypt, where such sentiments are common, Morsi has directed the release of many terrorists who had been incarcerated during President Hosni Mubaraks tenure Mubarak having had a close counterterrorism partnership with the United States. Morsi further failed to protect the American embassy from being overrun by Islamist rioters. When, after several calls from an embarrassed White House, Morsi finally dispersed the rabble-rousers, he left intact the longstanding encampment where Egyptians continue to agitate for the Blind Sheikhs release.
Prior to his election, Morsi promised that his top imperative would be the imposition of sharia, Islams totalitarian legal code and societal framework. He has been true to his word, recently orchestrating the imposition of a new sharia constitution the heavy-handed gambit that has horrified minorities and sent Egypt reeling into its latest chaos. Sharia constitutions are apparently fine with Senator McCain these days, but as we saw in his vertiginous positions on Qaddafi, the GOPs guru of choice is not exactly a model of consistency on this point.
In a 2011 interview with Der Spiegel, the senator declared, quite correctly, that sharia law . . . in itself is anti-democratic at least as far as women are concerned. Thus McCain then insisted that the sharia-driven Brotherhood which he accurately described as a radical group that has been involved with other terrorist organizations should be specifically excluded from any transition government in Egypt. Yet, now that the Brothers are the government, McCain would have us to arm them.
Meanwhile, under Morsis leadership, Egypt is seeing the widespread persecution of Christians and other religious minorities. In many areas, police and Islamist vigilantes now enforce sharia standards on the streets, just as they do in Saudi Arabia and Iran. And recordings recently surfaced of Morsi calling Jews the descendants of apes and pigs blood-suckers for whom Muslims must not forget to nurse our children and grandchildren on hatred, including hatred . . . for all those who support them. [Memo to Republicans: Those who support them refers to . . . the American people.]
I could go on, but as Beltway supporters of America-hating Islamists like to say, What difference does it make? Still, just in case it makes any difference to you, here are the Republican senators who shamefully voted to provide Egypts Muslim Brotherhood government with F-16s and Abrams tanks: Alexander, Ayotte, Barasso, Blunt, Burr, Chambliss, Coburn, Cochran, Collins, Corker, Enzi, Flake, Graham, Hatch, Hoeven, Inhofe, Isakson, Johanns, Johnson, Kirk, McCain, McConnell, Murkowski, Portman, Toomey, and Wicker.
Kudos to the 18 Republicans who joined Senator Paul in trying to stop the arming of Americas enemies: Boozman, Coats, Cornyn, Crapo, Cruz, Fischer, Grassley, Heller, Lee, Moran, Risch, Roberts, Rubio, Scott, Sessions, Shelby, Thune, and Vitter. Common sense is on their side. Sadly, history is sure to follow, and probably soon.
Clarification ... start the third party now, which would lose in ‘16 to set up for a win in ‘20 ... if there is a country left to save.
This president aims to eliminate Israel as his signal accomplishment before he leaves office. Giving Israel’s enemies up-to-date arms and training is a step in that direction.