Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, who represents the party's libertarian, anti-interventionist wing, said U.S. aid to Egypt was more likely to "buy a chateau in Paris" for an Egyptian military leader than "bread in Cairo" for the poor.
"I don't think we're buying any friendship with the Egyptian people," Paul said, especially when people see tanks supplied by the U.S. to the Egyptian military on the streets of Cairo.
"We are not winning the hearts and minds of the Egyptian people," said Paul, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. "The aid has to end."
President Barack Obama has denounced the violence, cancelled joint military exercises scheduled for September and delayed the delivery of four F-16 fighter jets.
But the White House has refused to declare Morsi's removal a coup — a step that would require Obama to suspend $1.3 billion in annual military aid. The president insists that the U.S. stands with Egyptians seeking a democratic government. But he says America cannot determine Egypt's future.
Now if we can delay or cancel the F-15's, why can't we cancel their aid.
Let's for once, see how our "allies" react when they DON'T get our money.
Bet they won't be our "allies" for long.