Krauthammer: Our aid to Egypt really ought to hinge on political reform

posted at 1:21 pm on March 5, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

Egypt’s economy is in bad place, with an unemployment rate of around 13 percent and an even worse youth unemployment rate, and Morsi’s government has been negotiating with the International Monetary Fund about a $4.8 billion loan package to try to help stabilize the economy and get their budget in order. The IMF, however, would like to see some economic policy changes before they agree to that, including raising taxes and downsizing energy subsidies, but Egypt’s fractious political situation and struggling economy mean that the attempt to do so will not be a popular one.

Enter Secretary of State John Kerry, who offered to release $250 million in foreign aid to the Muslim Brotherhood government over the weekend as an incentive for Morsi to get cracking on those suggested economic reforms: “It is paramount, essential, urgent that the Egyptian economy get stronger, that it gets back on its feet… It’s clear to us that the IMF arrangement needs to be reached, that we need to give the market the confidence.” In a nutshell: You guys need to get it together to prevent an economic collapse and political chaos, and we’re going to be the ones to help you do it. The NYT reports:

Secretary of State John Kerry announced Sunday that the United States would provide $250 million in assistance to Egypt after Egypt’s president promised to move ahead with negotiations with the International Monetary Fund over economic reforms.

In a statement issued after his two-hour meeting with President Mohamed Morsi, Mr. Kerry said the aid decision reflected Egypt’s “extreme needs” and Mr. Morsi’s assurance that Egypt would reach an agreement with the I.M.F. after more than a year of talks over a $4.8 billion loan package.

The statement issued by Mr. Kerry noted that he and Mr. Morsi had discussed the need to ensure the fairness of Egypt’s coming elections, but it did not mention any specific political commitments the Egyptian president had made to receive the aid.

Er, is that wise? Kerry hinted that Egypt moving ahead with economic reforms is an implicit promise of some political changes as well, but as the Special Report panel pointed out last night, implicit promises and explicit promises are definitively not the same thing — and how exactly is it we can afford to be doing this when we just had a national freakout over the sequestration cuts?


The mistake, I think, the administration is doing, is making is having the engagement and the money and the support hinge on on economic reform, and not on political reform. … The economy is not a U.S. interest. The only U.S. interest is in the nature of this government. … We ought to be demanding political concessions as a reward for any kind of money, and not economic concessions. It’s an elementary idea, and I don’t understand why the administration doesn’t see it. … You don’t give them a free hand to do anything they want…


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…DUH!

KOOLAID2 on March 5, 2013 at 1:23 PM

The US government shouldn’t take money from taxpayers and give it to ANY foreign government via redistribution of wealth aka foreign aid aka foreign welfare.

MoreLiberty on March 5, 2013 at 1:24 PM

get cracking on those suggested economic reforms: “It is paramount, essential, urgent that the AMERICAN economy get stronger, that it gets back on its feet…

…talk to JugEars botox brain!

KOOLAID2 on March 5, 2013 at 1:25 PM

$250 million here, $50 million there…pick up the loose change around the place and it starts to add up

DanMan on March 5, 2013 at 1:25 PM

Looks like Kerry’s already learned the proper treatment of our religion of peace rulers. He’s getting ready to bow and he’s unzipped Mosri’s pants.

acyl72 on March 5, 2013 at 1:26 PM

Morsi must think that America is being run by a bunch of brainless morons. Morsi would be right!!

Deano1952 on March 5, 2013 at 1:30 PM

Screw………U.S.A……….insert.

PappyD61 on March 5, 2013 at 1:33 PM

The mistake, I think, the administration is doing, is making is having the engagement and the money and the support hinge on on economic reform, and not on political reform.

Right now, the only political reform I give a rat’s ass about is driving out the Communists from our Congress and White House.

The savages in the Middle East can wait.

OhEssYouCowboys on March 5, 2013 at 1:33 PM

It would seem that funding an aircraft carrier battle group sitting off the coast of Egypt would be a far better use of funds than handing over resources to a man who calls Jews “pigs.” No wonder Kerry decided to snub Israel on this trip.

Happy Nomad on March 5, 2013 at 1:34 PM

Kerry said yesterday that he agrees with the current Egyptian form of ‘democracy’.

Obama is the father of the Arab’Spring’. He owns it in full. He is the father of the muzzie brotherhood, which proceeds, apace.

Look at Lybia, Egypt, Turkey, Syria, Iraq, Iran, Afcrapistan, Pookistan, good chunks of Africa. Obama’s brotherhood succeeds, apace, just open your eyes.

I triple dare any of you to name me a people (aside from the Black Panthers and the union thugs) you are free/freer, due to Obama. I’ve yet to get one answer.

Schadenfreude on March 5, 2013 at 1:35 PM

Obama needs Biden/Kerry/Hagel. They make him appear ‘intelligent’.

Schadenfreude on March 5, 2013 at 1:36 PM

Morsi must think that America is being run by a bunch of brainless morons. Morsi would be right!!

Deano1952 on March 5, 2013 at 1:30 PM

Something new and wonderful

a capella on March 5, 2013 at 1:37 PM

To the rat-eared bastard, ‘political reform’ means the MoBro in power.

slickwillie2001 on March 5, 2013 at 1:37 PM

It would seem that funding an aircraft carrier battle group sitting off the coast of Egypt would be a far better use of funds than handing over resources to a man who calls Jews “pigs.” No wonder Kerry decided to snub Israel on this trip.

It would seem that selling an aircraft carrier battle group to Egypt would seem to Barry the right thing to do…. unnecessary surplus equipment to be rid of by Barry’s admin’s downsizing of our military.

hawkeye54 on March 5, 2013 at 1:38 PM

Yeah, right. Show me the reformed Arab or Persian gov’t. The ones that have embraced reform have opted for the MB. Military dictatorship to mufti dictatorship. The entire region has had 5,000 years to pave the roads. Mayberry has more pavement.

Limerick on March 5, 2013 at 1:43 PM

Krauthammer: Our aid to Egypt really ought to hinge on political reform

Yeah on the premise that the “reform” in place now isn’t inside the operating window of this administration.

I doubt that it that its not.

Speakup on March 5, 2013 at 1:43 PM

It would seem that selling an aircraft carrier battle group to Egypt would seem to Barry the right thing to do…. unnecessary surplus equipment to be rid of by Barry’s admin’s downsizing of our military.

hawkeye54 on March 5, 2013 at 1:38 PM

An excellent idea!

And the carrier can be renamed the Al Zawahiri.

OhEssYouCowboys on March 5, 2013 at 1:45 PM

hawkeye54 on March 5, 2013 at 1:38 PM

Haven’t you heard? Barry has retasked the U.S. Navy. It is now Meals-on-Keels. Hugs, and books, and bags of corn for everyone!

Limerick on March 5, 2013 at 1:46 PM

By the way; why does our government think it’s OK to give the Muslim Brotherhood lots of combat jets, but think it’s not OK for it’s own citizens to have firearms?

Midas on March 5, 2013 at 1:47 PM

P.S.

But, in all fairness, the maintenance of the Al Zawahiri and the battle group should fall upon the American taxpayers.

OhEssYouCowboys on March 5, 2013 at 1:48 PM

What’s wrong with no aid?

aryeung on March 5, 2013 at 1:51 PM

Kerry – idiot kuffar.

Ward Cleaver on March 5, 2013 at 1:52 PM

aryeung on March 5, 2013 at 1:51 PM

It looks bad when you send a strongly worded letter.

Limerick on March 5, 2013 at 1:52 PM

Barry has retasked the U.S. Navy.

It is now Meals-on-Keels. Hugs, and books, and bags of corn soy for everyone!

The meals are halal of course. Mustn’t offend the MoBro. And corn wasted on the world’s hungry means less biofuel for all.

hawkeye54 on March 5, 2013 at 1:57 PM

What’s wrong with no aid?

aryeung on March 5, 2013 at 1:51 PM

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Thread winner.
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I suppose there could be some “under-the-radar” disadvantage to cutting ‘em off, altogether.

If we all just take big, deep breath and HOLD IT … I’m sure the White House will explain their “rationale.”

listens2glenn on March 5, 2013 at 2:01 PM

If we all just take big, deep breath and HOLD IT … I’m sure the White House will explain their “rationale.”

listens2glenn on March 5, 2013 at 2:01 PM

It would just be the same one the rat-eared wonder does anything that pretty much defies the rule of law, civil rights, or common sense……. “It is the right thing to do” (said in as indignant voice as one can muster).

And that is what really ticks me off. Centuries of accomplishment through the rule of law and protection of civil rights undone by the lazy son of a Hawaiian skank and a Kenyan socialist who was raised by a Muslim radical and indoctrinated to hate America at Columbia and Harvard.

Happy Nomad on March 5, 2013 at 2:13 PM

O/T Just a tad…

What is going on in TX?

Read this:

http://texasmuslimcapitolday.com/

Quote taken from jihadwatch:

Carroll’s statement was similar to a statement made by CAIR Chairman Omar M. Ahmad, who is on record saying, “Islam isn’t in America to be equal to any other faith, but to become dominant. The Quran…should be the highest authority in America, and Islam the only accepted religion on earth.”

Carroll began joking about the widespread concern surrounding Shariah, the religious code that governs all Muslim civil and political life, saying, “We tried to downplay Shariah, because we didn’t want to give the other side any excitement for being here.”

He dismissed critics who express concern about Shariah as simply “anti-foreign,” telling the audience, “When you even say the word Shariah, people get nervous. We are not advocating for Shariah. We are not trying to make Shariah the law of the land.”

Carroll claimed that all Muslims want is the “right to practice our faith.”

But he also said, “If you understand Shariah, the foundation of our faith…how we treat our neighbor, how we treat our parents…how we participate in society, all of that is part of Shariah.”

Scrumpy on March 5, 2013 at 2:22 PM

We are not trying to make Shariah the law of the land.”

Eventually, they hope our dupes and idiots in government will be persuaded to do that for them.

Carroll claimed that all Muslims want demand is the “right to practice our faith.”

Over and above all of our laws.

hawkeye54 on March 5, 2013 at 2:30 PM

You don’t give them a free hand to do anything they want…

Well Charles, that depends on what Obama’s goal is.

jnelchef on March 5, 2013 at 2:35 PM

But he also said, “If you understand Shariah, the foundation of our faith…how we treat our neighbor, how we treat our parents…how we participate in society, all of that is part of Shariah.”

Scrumpy on March 5, 2013 at 2:22 PM

So where in Shariah does flying planes full of Americans into buildings fit in?

Where in Shariah does boarding a plane and attempting to ignite your shoes or underwear bomb fit in?

Where in Shariah does it become acceptable to scream Allah Akbah and kill 13 of your fellow soldiers in the name of your false prophet?

Yeah, we understand the foundation of Islam and it is far from a benign religion of peace.

Happy Nomad on March 5, 2013 at 2:35 PM

By the way; why does our government think it’s OK to give the Muslim Brotherhood lots of combat jets, but think it’s not OK for it’s own citizens to have firearms?

Midas on March 5, 2013 at 1:47 PM

I’ve read this sentiment before. Crazy, isn’t it?

Another face I can’t stand to look at is the hound dog face of Kerry. He looks like his chin is about to take a landslide off his face.

avagreen on March 5, 2013 at 2:37 PM

It looks like Kerry and a monkey.

Ward Cleaver on March 5, 2013 at 4:04 PM

I say it’s past time to cancel all foreign aid except aid to Israel.

sherrimae on March 5, 2013 at 10:52 PM