By JAVIER MANJARRESSenator Marco Rubio has penned another smack down of the Obama administrations “ineffectual” foreign policy, this time by pointing out Secretary of State John Kerry’s recent and “unfortunate” announcement that the U.S. would be sending $250 million in aid to the Muslim Brotherhood controlled country of Egypt.
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It is refreshing to hear Rubio expresses some very rare Washington, D.C., candor, when he stated that ” we (U.S.) don’t provide foreign assistance solely out of the goodness of our heart, we do so because it furthers our national interest.” It is rare to hear a politician speak so bluntly about the real reasons why the United States involves itself in foreign conflicts or in assisting humanitarily across the world.
This is an important point that some in Washington often forget — we don’t provide foreign assistance solely out of the goodness of our heart, we do so because it furthers our national interest.-Senator Marco Rubio
Rubio goes on to warn that the U.S. needs to be vigilant regarding Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi’s radical Islamist power grab, and his potential to continue to trample on the “human and political rights of all Egyptian, including religious minorities and women.”
Instead of granting hundreds of millions of dollars in exchange for little more than promises on economic reform, we need to fundamentally reexamine our assistance to Egypt. This includes reevaluating our military assistance to make sure it addresses Egypt’s real security needs and ensuring that our economic and other aid helps Egypt stay on the path of democratic reform.-Senator Marco Rubio