McCain’s latest reversal on Egypt

Appearing Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union,” John McCain declared it was time for the United States to cut off its $1.5 billion yearly aid to Egypt while the military regime violently assaults and slaughters its own citizens on the streets of Cairo. (Full transcript here.)

McCain told host Candy Crowley that the U.S. has “no credibility” in the region after failing to follow its own law that requires suspending aid to states overtaken by a military coup.

Whoa! Let’s back up. If those words sound familiar, it’s because they are.

Those were the words spoken by Sen. Rand Paul. The same words that McCain recently castigated the Kentucky Republican for speaking when McCain was on the other side of the issue.

Sen. Paul offered this amendment to suspend aid to Egypt until the country holds free and fair elections. That measure was rejected by a vote of 86 -13 as Republicans inexplicably sided with Democrats and only 12 stood with Paul. McCain was then a fierce foe of the policy revision stating, “It would be a terrific mistake for the United States to send a message to Egypt: you’re on your own.” I urge my colleagues to vote to table the Paul amendment.”

It was Sen. Rand Paul, the object of McCain’s wrath, who initially noted the Foreign Assistance Act, first enacted in 1961, requires a suspension of foreign aid to any country that undergoes a coup. “How do we lead by example when we’re not going to obey our own laws?” asked Paul. “When the president refuses to acknowledge that it’s a coup. Americans should be outraged and insulted by such blatant shirking of the law. Either we’re a nation of laws or we’re not.”  Paul’s statement can be read here.

The vacillating McCain finally managed to get up to speed in time for yesterday’s program. Tomorrow he could well have another opinion.

And the “Religion of Peace?” It’s adherents have been busying themselves burning and looting 47 churches and monasteries in a new wave of violence against Christians in Egypt.

5 Responses to McCain’s latest reversal on Egypt

  1. Kathy says:

    McCain is such a liar! He supported the “Arab Spring” – when most Americans know this was going to turn out bad. McCain blasted Rep. Trent Franks and Rep. Michelle Bachmann when they came out strong about the Huma’s mother as head of the Muslim Sisterhood. The Muslim Brotherhood infiltration of our Govt. McCain hearts the Muslim Brotherhood – A Terrorist organization. I guess the “Wacko birds” were right!!!

  2. Realist says:

    The maniacal egomaniac ( who never had an original thought of his own ) who could have been President( but didn’t want to offend the “progressives” ) is playing the role of President in exile. This pathetic little wretch of a man who allowed this country to be brought to its knees by the socialist left, now thinks he can usurp the likes of Rand Paul. Fat chance little man.

  3. eubykdisop says:

    Let us not forget about JEFF FLAKE in all of this!

    “Jul 30, 2013”

    “Paul also sent a letter to the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee – co-signed by four other panel Republicans – asking that senior State Department officials testify at a hearing on the situation in Egypt last week.”

    “Three Republican members of the committee did not sign Paul’s letter: Bob Corker of Tennessee, the top Republican on the panel; John McCain, a leading Senate voice on foreign policy issues; and Jeff Flake, McCain’s fellow senator from Arizona.”

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/07/30/us-egypt-protests-usa-aid-idUSBRE96S13F20130730

  4. Arizona Conservative Guy says:

    Arizonans who are actually paying attention know John McCain for what he is… a senile, headline seeking jerk. But far worse is the slavish media that follows his every utterance and provides him a platform for his inanities. In this regard, Fox News is as bad (if not worse) than CNN and the other alphabet networks. We stopped watching Fox for this very reason. They never gave JD Hayworth air time but had McAwful on continually during the 2010 AZ US Senate race. My very wise wife threatened to throw a shoe though the TV if I didn’t turn it off. She didn’t have to resort to such actions, because I agreed with her!!
    As to Jeff Flake, I trust him about as far as I can throw my house. He is potentially far more dangerous than McCain, since he has more years to promote his liberal/libertarian agenda. He initially ran as a Republican because Libertarians don’t get elected, but there is nothing conservative about this self indulgent glory seeker.

  5. eubykdisop says:

    OFF TOPIC:

    As we watch Flake, McCain, Rubio and other RINOs fly their true colors, let’s have a look at how far to the left Chris Christie, the “republican” Governor of New Jersey, is willing to go!

    “NJ Gov. Christie signs ban on gay conversion therapy”

    “August 19, 2013”

    “TRENTON, N.J. – Republican Gov. Chris Christie signed a law on Monday barring licensed therapists from trying to turn gay teenagers straight, the latest example of the potential 2016 presidential candidate steering a moderate course.”

    “The governor said the health risks of trying to change a child’s sexual orientation, as identified by the American Psychological Association, trump concerns over the government setting limits on parental choice. “Government should tread carefully into this area,” he said in the signing note, “and I do so here reluctantly.”

    “Some social conservatives framed the debate as a parental rights issue, saying a ban on the counseling would limit the ability of parents to do what they think is best for their children.”

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/08/19/nj-gov-christie-signs-ban-on-gay-conversion-therapy/?test=latestnews

    Marx and Engels sought to remove children from their parents and make them the property of the State. Chris Christie has just furthered that ultimate Marxist objective!