On Thursday the Senate voted 79-19 against an amendment offered by Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) to halt the sale of F-16s and Abrams tanks to Egypt. The Obama administration insists we should be sending the weaponry, even in the wake of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi’s crackdown and repeated anti-Israel pronouncements.
Paul explained his reasoning for his bill on the floor of the Senate:
His rationale is sound and the Senate made a mistake.
Ironically, on a day when Chuck Hagel was in the hot seat, AIPAC refused to take a public position on his nomination, but it joined the administration in opposing the Paul amendment. Whereas the first was a sin of omission, the latter is bad judgment. An AIPAC official not authorized to speak on the record told Right Turn, “We were concerned that passage of this amendment would result in diminishing American influence in Egypt, which was important in resolving the latest conflict with Hamas.” But of course, once we give the military arms we lose leverage.
Paul has been accused of opposing all foreign aid. But, at least as of late, he has emphasized he wants to start looking at financial support for those not friendly to the United States (burning the U.S. flag in the streets, he says). That is entirely reasonable. We need less blind faith in Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood regime and more common-sense concern about giving the wrong people the wrong help.