Sen. Rand Paul has lashed out against neoconservatives on Twitter for supporting the “military junta” in Egypt and arguing for continued monetary aid to the country, whose armed forces recently ousted the sitting president, Mohamed Morsi.
“In Egypt, governments come and go. The only thing certain is that American taxpayers will continue to be stuck with the $1.5 billion bill,” the Kentucky Republican sent out his message in two back to back tweets. “In Egypt, democratic authoritarianism is replaced with military junta. American neocons say send them more of your money.”
The Twitter slam comes right behind a July 4 op-ed that the libertarian senator wrote for The Washington Times expanding on the very issue.
“In Egypt, protest is met with tear gas, manufactured in America and paid for with American taxes. When Egyptians protest, they protest against their government and also America for subsidizing that government,” Paul wrote. “Despite the fact that Mohamed Morsi recently convicted 16 Americans of political crimes in a show trial, the Obama administration still sent them over $2 billion this year.”
Paul points out how the United States has fallen into a similar problem when the nation kept on supporting Morsi’s predecessor, Hosni Murbarak throughout decades of martial law.
“Today, we give the same billions and fighter jets to Mr. Mubarak’s successor, Mr. Morsi, who the protesters now see in the same light as Mr. Mubarak,” Paul wrote.
“American tax dollars flow no matter which despot rules,” he added. “But worse, due to our aid and support, Egyptians see Mr. Morsi and America as the same.”
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