Egypt

The Trump Administration’s Human Rights Conundrum

Washington obviously can do little to “fix” any of these nations. But America could at least affirm the principle that governments should protect their people’s lives and dignity.

The Papal Propagandist for Islam Heads to Egypt

George Neumayr, The American Spectator

This week Pope Francis takes his pro-Islamic apology tour to Egypt. Previewing the trip, which starts on Friday, he said he seeks to “offer a valid contribution to inter-religious dialogue with the Islamic world.” Francis’s fawning media courtiers are already rolling out the propaganda for it, predicting that it will “build bridges to moderate Islam.” Islam remains as violent as it started. But one thing is new: The Catholic Church, under the death-wish progressivism of Francis, has become one of Islam’s loudest boosters.

President Trump: Time To Designate The Muslim Brotherhood As A Terrorist Organization

The resistance of some of President Trump's advisers to designating the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization is a grave error for many reasons, not the least of which is that the Muslim Brotherhood is actively conducting subversive operations right here, right now in the United States.

Obama’s Jimmy Carter Moment Coming In Turkey

History tells us that there can be no real or lasting cooperation with Islamist regimes, yet Obama has regularly sided against secular forces and with Muslim Brotherhood-backed governments in the Mideast. Now things are coming to a crucial point in US - Turkey relations and the security of 50 to 90 nuclear weapons is in play.

Religious Persecution in the Middle East Threatens Us All

The current persecutions inflicted on many Christians in the Arab world is nothing new; is an extension of centuries of Islamic law, discrimination and societal bias, which have relegated Christians, as well as other minorities, to second-class citizenship.

Cruz and DeSantis Pair on Terrorist Refugee Infiltration Prevention Act

In a not-so-subtle shot at the national security credibility of Senator Marco Rubio and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, Rep. Ron DeSantis (FL-06), CHQ’s endorsed candidate in the Florida Senate primary to succeed Rubio, has joined forces with Senator Ted Cruz on the Terrorist Refugee Infiltration Prevention Act.

Egyptian, Libyan Airstrikes Target IS in Libya

VOA News

Egyptian and Libyan warplanes carried out airstrikes Monday against the Islamic State group in eastern Libya, the militaries said, in retaliation for militants beheading 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians who were kidnapped in Libya.

Offer Free Trade, Not Foreign Aid to Egypt

Absent an inclusive political process, Egypt likely faces an unstable and violent future.  However, economic reform also is necessary.  That is unlikely to come from lectures and money from foreign governments, including the USA.

Pharaoh Al-Sisi Takes Control in Egypt: Obama Administration Sacrifices Security and Human Rights

Most of the roughly $75 billion given to Cairo over the years enriched political and military elites and funded the purpose of prestige weapons from American arms makers.  The U.S. never received much “leverage” over Egypt's leaders in return. 

Egypt Close to Helping Christians?

Sharona Schwartz, The Blaze

Just 3 months after the ousting of Muslim Brotherhood President Mohammed Morsi, it appears Egyptian authorities are taking a big step toward protecting the freedom of worship for the nation’s Christian community by lifting major restrictions on the construction of new churches.

Funding Jihadists, Denying US Military

Andrew C. McCarthy, National Review Online

The Obama Administration can fund al-Qaeda but we can’t fund the families of our war dead?

US Military Aid to Egypt Suspended

Carlo Munoz, The Hill

Obama is indefinitely suspending millions in military hardware and aid to Egypt, in the wake of the interim government's violent crackdown on opponents of the current regime. Economic assistance will continue. 

O a Muslim Brotherhood Member?

Kyle Becker, IJReview.com

An Egyptian newspaper claims that the son of a Muslim Brotherhood leader threatened Obama with release of papers revealing his MB membership.

Stop Throwing Away Foreign Aid Dollars for Nothing

It long has been evident that nations are poor because of bad policies, not inadequate cash balances.  Which makes economic reform, not foreign aid, the key to growth.  Unfortunately, politicians continue to take money from poor people in rich countries and give it to rich people in poor countries in the name of development.

Finally, Common Sense on Egypt Aid

Sen. Rand Paul, Washington Times

Paul is heartened that both parties are hesitating to send more money into the unstable situation.

Paul Closer to Cutting Egypt Aid

Alexander Bolton, The Hill

Paul thinks he could have the votes to pass an amendment next month to cut off aid to Egypt, a proposal McCain, Graham, and other estab. R's have fiercely resisted.

Exiting the Obama Administration's Bloody Egypt Mess

Continuing civil disorder and violence are almost certain.  Terrorism may follow.  Islamists fought a similar campaign against the Mubarak dictatorship two decades ago. Washington’s best policy is to support neither side and leave resolution of this tragic conflict to the Egyptian people.

McCain and Graham in Egypt

Burgess Everett, Politico

McCain and Lindsey, speaking in Egypt, say Morsi's removal was a military coup and they want an inclusive Democratic process to play out now.

Can Paul Save Detroit?

Tal Kopan, Politico

Rand Paul suggests taking aid money sent to Egypt and investing that in U.S. infrastructure.

A Foreign Policy for Hypocrites: Washington Should Just Shut Up

The great foreign policy illusion in Washington is that the U.S. government controls international events.  Will U.S. officials never learn? The answer apparently is no.  Just look at Egypt, where American policy combines equal parts hypocrisy and futility. Yet, the administration proclaims that it must continue to hand $1.55 billion annually to the generals in Cairo to preserve its influence.