President Obama, in his State of the Union address this past January, promised to focus more on “nation building at home” rather than abroad. In regards to the Arab Spring, he stated, “While it is ultimately up to the people of the region to decide their fate, we will advocate for those values that have served our own country so well.”
What an excellent principle. I completely agree with the President on this one. American values that have made us successful include our freedoms, protection of our unalienable rights, entrepreneurial spirit, and a strong sense of morality rooted in our faith. America should advocate for these values across the globe, in every nation.
Unfortunately, these are not the values the President was talking about.
The Obama Administration reinstated $1.3 billion in military aid to Egypt. To do so, Secretary Clinton waived the requirement for aid that insures the country receiving U.S. money is not in violation of human rights. By reinstating military aid, we are doing the opposite of advocating “for those values that have served our own country.”
Egypt’s military is currently power hungry and oppressive. They operate under emergency law (still), prosecuting those that oppose them. Right now, the military controls everything. They control up to 40% of the economy, along with dictating and enforcing the law.
Sending over a billion dollars to an unstable, relatively new military regime that violates human rights is morally reprehensible, risky, and dangerous. But there is a wider and worse implication. We are now aiding the military of a country whose elected political body is filled with people who support anti-American and anti-Western sentiment. The Islamic political parties, with the Muslim Brotherhood as the largest Islamic party, control 70% of the newly elected Egyptian parliament.
The Muslim Brotherhood wants to institute Islamic law in Egypt. President Obama, who said he believes “deeply in the separation of church and state,” apparently does not think this separation applies when it comes to Islamic law. In its strictest adherence, it would mean offenses such as drinking alcohol, committing adultery, and having sex outside of marriage would be punishable by death. To officials in the Obama Administration, there is nothing wrong with this. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper called the Muslim Brotherhood a “largely secular” group. Now, we are giving over a billion dollars to a country where they have an increasing amount of control.
The fundamental problem is that our President has absolutely no understanding of what American values are. He does not want to engage in “nation building,” but he has no problem funding the rebuilding of Egypt, helping transform a former ally into an anti-Western country that has complete disregard for intrinsic human rights.