Reps. West, Walsh: Cut Off Aid to Egypt
Congressmen Allen West and Joe Walsh are calling on the Obama administration to cut off all American aid to Egypt following the election of Muslim Brotherhood candidate Mohammed Morsi as the nation’s president.
Walsh, an Illinois Republican, noted that the Muslim Brotherhood has said it would reassess Egypt’s Camp David peace treaty with Israel, and that Morsi plans to restore long-severed ties with Iran.
Walsh said in a statement: “The sole purpose for providing Egypt with over $2 billion a year in U.S. taxpayer dollars was to maintain the peace treaty with Israel and promote stability in the region.
“With the Muslim brotherhood now calling on closer ties to Iran and a redo of the peace treaty with Israel, I see no reason to send one more dollar of U.S aid to Egypt. Every dollar wasted propping up this new government is a dollar wasted that should be going to paying down our debt or providing tax relief to struggling American families.”
West, a Florida Republican, said in a statement on his Facebook page: “A year ago there were those of us who warned the Obama Administration of a Muslim Brotherhood takeover in Egypt. We were castigated as alarmists and loose cannons.
“Today our predictions have come to reality and the ominous specter reminding us of the Iranian revolution is evident. The Muslim Brotherhood claimed they would not run a presidential candidate. Clearly the Arab Spring is nothing more than a radical Islamic nightmare.”
President Obama congratulated Morsi after his election victory, and White House press secretary Jay Carney called the win a milestone in Egypt's transition to democracy.
West stated: “What an incredible foreign policy faux pas by the second coming of President Jimmy Carter, the Obama Administration. I call upon President Barack Obama to cut off American foreign aid to Egypt, denounce the results of this election, repudiate the Muslim Brotherhood, and all radical Islamist political entities.”