Politics: Egypt needs submarines, Obama wants to give them a billion dollars
Published by: Robert Laurie on Tuesday September 11th, 2012
By ROBERT LAURIE - The US may send $1 billion to Egypt, exactly the cost of two new submarines
We've all been there. Maybe you're trying to park your car, have no change, but find a spot where the meter's already full. Or, maybe you don't have enough cash to pay for lunch, but find a twenty in your pocket that you didn't think you had. Call it fate, call it kismet, but it's nice when it happens. Right now, Egypt is having the same kind of good fortune.
According to the country's top newspaper, the newly Islamic-controlled country would like to buy a pair of high tech U-boats from Germany. With them, they'd be able to strike at the shipping routes, and offshore energy facilities, of nations throughout the Mediterranean. Yes, including Israel. The problem is that two of the submarines will cost the cash-poor country almost a billion dollars.
Fortunately, they've got an ally willing to help them out.
Barack Obama's surrogates are currently negotiating with the Egyptian government, in the hopes of sending them an aid package worth -wait for it - exactly $1 billion dollars. What a fortunate coincidence!
Despite claiming to abhor violence, Egypt's ruling party, The Muslim Brotherhood, is widely regarded as a backer of international terrorism. Egypt's Islamic President, Mohamed Morsi, has voiced his desire for stronger ties to Iran and has vowed to "rethink" peace treaties with Israel, even as he claims he will "respect" them. Egyptian politicians have recently tried to lower the age of marriage to 14 and attempted to pass a law allowing men to have sex with their dead wives.
Given all of this, one has to wonder why the U.S. would be so eager to send Egypt so much money. At a time when our own country faces fiscal ruin, it's nearly impossible to justify foreign aid at all. If we're still going to do it, shouldn't we be a little more selective about where that money is going?