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    Quote Originally Posted by gmhr1 View Post
    According to former UN Ambassador John Bolton, Obama is not even going to the UN Secretary General Luncheon that we pay 22% of the cost of . He wants one thing, to get out of this UN meeting as fast as he can and not say anything that may become news worthy.
    Hmm ... the WH was saying that Obama would be there to meet the leaders personally, even if not individually. So that's a change of narrative. Also mentioned that they were "still" trying to see if Obama could meet with Netanyahu, but it did not seem likely that it could be arranged. I thought that there was never a request for a meeting? so there had been no plan for a meeting? Does this begin to sound like the pattern seen WRT the attack on the Libyan embassy and other unrest in the ME? It sounds like, "Let's see if we can fly this over and see if anyone will believe it." When it is not believed, then the narrative is changed to accommodate the situation. Hmmm ... sort of sounds like the whole foreign policy pattern we've seen unfolding over the past 3+ years. How could any of our allies OR our enemies trust what we say or do?
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    NY Times

    The Obama administration notified Congress on Friday that it would provide Egypt’s new government an emergency cash infusion of $450 million, but the aid immediately encountered resistance from a prominent lawmaker wary of foreign aid and Egypt’s new course under the leadership of the Muslim Brotherhood.


    The aid is part of the $1 billion in assistance that the Obama administration has pledged to Egypt to bolster its transition to democracy after the overthrow last year of the former president, Hosni Mubarak. Its fate, however, was clouded by concerns over the new government’s policies and, more recently, the protests that damaged the American Embassy in Cairo.

    The United States Agency for International Development notified Congress of the cash infusion on Friday morning during the pre-election recess, promptly igniting a smoldering debate over foreign aid and the administration’s handling of crises in the Islamic world.

    An influential Republican lawmaker, Representative Kay Granger of Texas, immediately announced that she would use her position as chairwoman of the House appropriations subcommittee overseeing foreign aid to block the distribution of the money. She said the American relationship with Egypt “has never been under more scrutiny” than it is in the wake of the election of President Mohamed Morsi, a former leader of the Muslim Brotherhood (who just, BTW, informed the world that he has ordered the arrest the film maker who made that incendiary video, and we really shouldn't allow this kind of free speech here.)

    “I am not convinced of the urgent need for this assistance and I cannot support it at this time,” Ms. Granger said in a statement that her office issued even before the administration announced the package.
    In addition to the $1 billion in assistance, the administration is working with Egypt to provide $375 million in financing and loan guarantees for American financiers who invest in Egypt and a $60 million investment fund for Egyptian businesses. All of that comes on top of $1.3 billion in military aid that the United States provides Egypt each year.

    A senior State Department official said that the administration would consult with members of Congress in the days ahead “to make the case that this budget support is firmly in U.S. interests in seeing peace, stability and democracy in Egypt and the wider neighborhood.”
    Somehow I don't think that anybody in Congress feels like handing over a chunk of $ to Egypt right now. And handing it over right now, so soon after the attacks and the UN statements, really does make it look to the world like we're giving in to extortion.
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