I'm done grumbling about how President Obama is empowering America's enemies. After all, it is not just Obama. When it comes to abetting the Muslim Brotherhood, Republicans are right there with him.
Not all of them, of course. This week, for example, Senator Rand Paul proposed an amendment that would have prohibited our government from transferring F-16 aircraft and Abrams tanks to Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood–dominated government. This lunatic plan is not just an Obama initiative. It is also a GOP brainstorm — of a piece with 2011's Libya debacle, in which Republican leaders cheered as Obama, upon consulting with the Arab League, ignored Congress and levied war on behalf of the very jihadists who, quite predictably, have since raided Qaddafi's arsenal, besieged northern Africa, and massacred Americans in Benghazi.
So the GOP brain trust now brings this Midas touch to Egypt, rallying behind Obama's cozy relations with the new "Islamic democracy." That would be the Brotherhood's rapidly unraveling sharia basket case, into which our own bankrupt government has so far sunk nearly 3 billion U.S.-taxpayer dollars, with more billions soon to come through U.S.-backed IMF loans and, yes, sophisticated U.S. weaponry. Any moment now, as it was in turbulent Libya, the ground in Egypt is certain to shift, or crater. When it does, who knows whose side the senators will have us on . . . and who knows what American enemies may be wielding that U.S. weaponry?
Senator Paul, by contrast, has three ideas that seem positively batty to the McCain gang. First, he thinks that American foreign policy ought to be premised on American national interests, not on the shifting notions of "global stability" popular at the Wilson School and the Council on Foreign Relations. Second, he suggests that when we give aid and arms to anti-American Islamists, bad things tend to happen to America. Finally, Paul believes the foundation of American foreign policy is, of all quaint things, the United States Constitution. The Framers gave Congress not merely the authority but the duty to thwart executive excess. On the international stage, that primarily means the power of the purse, which enables the people's representatives to defund such madness as the arming of Islamic supremacists.
So Senator Paul tried to stop weapons transfer. His amendment, however, was defeated79–19, because 23 Republican senators opted to follow the lead of McCain, Graham, and Ayotte. They joined all Senate Democrats (and a couple of nominal "independents" who are, in effect, Democrats) in voting to "table" the Paul Amendment. "Tabling" is a bit of procedural chicanery, allowing senators to defeat Paul's amendment yet pretend to the folks back home that they didn't actually vote "against" it.
Don't be fooled. The choice here was simple: Stand with the Muslim Brotherhood or stand with the American people. Nearly two-thirds of Senate Republicans went with the Brothers.
Let's be clear about whom Republicans have voted to arm. In late 2010, as I detail in Spring Fever: The Illusion of Islamic Democracy, Mohammed Badi, head of the Muslim Brotherhood, called for violent jihad against the United States and Israel. The "Supreme Guide" gleefully added, "The United States is now experiencing the beginning of its end, and is heading towards its demise." The Brotherhood took pains to post this speech on its Arabic-language website, reflecting its official position.
I could go on, but as Beltway supporters of America-hating Islamists like to say, "What difference does it make?" Still, just in case it makes any difference to you, here are the Republican senators who shamefully voted to provide Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood government with F-16s and Abrams tanks: Alexander, Ayotte, Barasso, Blunt, Burr, Chambliss, Coburn, Cochran, Collins, Corker, Enzi, Flake, Graham, Hatch, Hoeven, Inhofe, Isakson, Johanns, Johnson, Kirk, McCain, McConnell, Murkowski, Portman, Toomey, and Wicker.
Kudos to the 18 Republicans who joined Senator Paul in trying to stop the arming of America's enemies: Boozman, Coats, Cornyn, Crapo, Cruz, Fischer, Grassley, Heller, Lee, Moran, Risch, Roberts, Rubio, Scott, Sessions, Shelby, Thune, and Vitter. Common sense is on their side. Sadly, history is sure to follow, and probably soon.
Monday, February 4, 2013
Andrew McCarthy Lauds Rand Paul and Lambasts the Republicans Who Voted to Give the Muslim Brotherhood Advanced Weaponry
Andrew McCarthy, who prosecuted the World Trade Center bombing, has a great piece in the National Review lauding Senator Rand Paul's efforts to cut off American military support for the Muslim Brotherhood: