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US lawmaker holds up millions in Egypt aid



WASHINGTON — A Republican congresswoman Friday froze a request by the Obama administration for $450 million in cash for the Egyptian government, saying it needed new scrutiny amid rocky US ties with Cairo.

The lawmaker, Kay Granger, from Texas, who chairs the Appropriations Subcommitee on State and Foreign Relations, put a “hold” on the application, meaning it could be held up indefinitely.

“This proposal comes to Congress at a point when the US-Egypt relationship has never been under more scrutiny, and rightly so,” Granger said in a statement.

“I am not convinced of the urgent need for this assistance and I cannot support it at this time. As Chair of the Subcommittee, I have placed a hold on these funds.”

The purpose of the funds could not be immediately confirmed.

But an official said the money, requested Friday, was part of a package worth $1 billion that Obama pledged to Cairo last year to aid its transition to democracy following its Arab Spring revolution.

The New York Times reported that the emergency cash infusion was requested by the US Agency for International Development because the economic situation in Egypt was causing increasing alarm.

Earlier this month, US President Barack Obama sparked intrigue over the state of US ties with Egypt after he said the country, in the post-Hosni Mubarak era, was neither a friend nor a foe.

But Egypt remains a non-NATO ally of the United States, allowing it to enjoy a close relationship with the US military, along with other allies including Australia, Japan, Jordan, Israel and Thailand.

Obama’s comments came after a mob raided the US embassy in Cairo in protest at a film made on US soil and deemed anti-Muslim, which also caused riots across the Muslim world.

Washington appears to be still calibrating its likely future relations with the Muslim Brotherhood-led government of President Mohamed Morsi.


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  • MULEN

    The US foreign policy in Egypt sucks. There’s no transition to democracy to speak of when you have Muslim Brotherhood, which is by the way the founder of Hamas which has been waging war against Israel, and Salafists groups running the government. 

    • mark_john21

      So what? Egypt does not need US to survive. On the contrary US needs Egypt to get peace with Israel. US hands are tied because of its blind support to Israel. It’s politics, stupid!

      • MULEN

        What are angry at? Did I say that Egypt needed the US? My position was that the US should forget its desire for a democratic Egypt for as long as the country is being run by Islamists.  

      • mark_john21

        So what if it’s run by Islamists? Do Islamists have a chance to rule? They are duly elected powers who unlike Mubarak who was merely installed as a US puppet. Why do you refuse the fact that these Islamists are freely elected  by Egyptians themselves?

        Ah, yes, Philippines is a democratic country created by the US. Yet, it is more corrupt and poorer than Egypt. just try to see the UN figures on poverty and Income per capita of every country. Egypt is a way better than Philippines who prides to have democracy.

      • MULEN

        You’re barking at the wrong tree again. Did I question the legitimacy of duly elected Egyptian government? Next time you try to rebut others’ posts, please read the posts carefully. You really have an issue in comprehension.

    • mark_john21

      Your comment sounds like those of the people who claim to be “Chosen people of God.” Let me tell you, the founding of Israel by the Jewish Zionists created rivers of blood. The emergence of Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas and other Muslim pressure groups are direct reaction to Zionists creation of  Israel. The world would have been peaceful without this bunch of terrorist Jews.

      • MULEN

        For chrissake, what is it in my statement which enabled you to draw that kind of conclusion? Just because I stated as a matter of fact that Muslim Brotherhood was the founder of Hamas and that Egypt could never be a democratic country envisioned by the west for as long as it’s being run by Islamists would make me sound like a Zionist? You have a very big problem in comprehension bro.

      • mark_john21

        In the first place it’s you who prejudged that any Islamist power cannot succeed. Your mentality says it all. So Mubarak was  secular and a US puppet, is that what makes him preferred over duly elected Islamist government? You have no idea how MB and Salafists are respected in Egypt.

        And you want them to be democratic. What if Egyptians do not like democracy? Will you not respect their decision? Who are you to tell them what to like and not to like?

      • MULEN

        Again your problem is in comprehension and the worse thing is you’re implying things I haven’t stated in the first place. Did my statement say that I wanted democracy to be put in place in Egypt? I just stated that democracy which the US is trying to install in Egypt could not succeed with the kind of people running the Egyptian government.  Pathetic.

      • mark_john21

         I am reading your Filipino mind. It’s no good either.

      • MULEN

        Yup. We’re conversing in the language you’re born with and the problem is, you have a hard time comprehending simple statements. Just pathetic.

      • opinyonlangpo

        You got that right. The western countries share a blame on this too on the formation of the state of Israel, the Arabs for supporting the Palestinian cause. Ultimately the whole middle east and the western world are adversely affected for taking sides.

    • opinyonlangpo

      Seems you know little of what you are talking about.

      • MULEN

        “But an official said the money, requested Friday, was part of a package worth $1 billion that Obama pledged to Cairo last year to aid its transition to democracy following its Arab Spring revolution.” 
        You really believe that Egypt is going the democratic way envisioned by the US? I don’t think so.

      • opinyonlangpo

        That is if the military representative wins, well they did not because the Muslim brotherhood got more support from the people. The USA supports only if they can influence the winner, this time they can’t. Military dictatorship is not democracy, that is the reason why Mubarak was toppled.

      • MULEN

        That’s why I can’t understand why the Obama administration still insists on providing the remainder of the promised $1 billion when it becomes increasingly clear that the MB-led gov’t won’t kowtow to the wishes of the west. The republican congresswoman is justified in withholding the promised amount.

      • opinyonlangpo

        It is election time, maybe Obama is after the votes of the Egyptian migrants.

  • sagbotgamot

    Kneel and bow down to the great almighty imperial USA or else……

    • mark_john21

      In Egypt, this reaction is just considered a political gimmick. Watch for the next days and you will see this Republican politician reneged. Sorry to say but Egypt’s political clout vis-a-vis the US government isn’t like the Philippines who needs to kneel down first to be given attention.

      • opinyonlangpo

        That was in the time of Mubarak, at one time the aid that goes to Egypt even reached three billion  dollars in one year. I just can’t remember exactly what year, that was long time ago when Egypt was still strategic partner for the USA to contain Libya.

  • mark_john21

    This is just a drama. The US knows that it cannot intimidate Egypt or else Egypt will cancel its Camp David peace treaty with Israel. US was the one who negotiated Egypt to get peace with Israel in exchange for its billions of military aid to Egypt. Should the US mess up with Egypt, Israel’s peace accord with Egypt will be in peril. 

    • opinyonlangpo

      . . . and Egypt will again lost Sinai. Egypt lost the war with Israel and Sinai was only given back as a token for the peace treaty and the military aid was supposed to help rein in the Islamists but now they are in control so the aid lost its purpose.

      • mark_john21

        Sinai was won back by Egypt on October 1973 war over thousands of Israel dead soldiers. Do you think Egyptians will give Sinai to Israel?

      • opinyonlangpo

        Check you history please. “Within six days, Israel had won a decisive land war. Israeli forces had taken control of the Gaza Strip and the Sinai Peninsula from Egypt, the West Bank and East Jerusalem from Jordan, and the Golan Heights from Syria.” Israel got all these and only Sinai was given back because Egypt made peace with Israel, Gaza was given lately but still under Israeli border security and to the Palestinians and not to Egyptians..

      • MULEN

        Not only do you have problem with comprehension, you have your history twisted bro. You mean to say that Israel lost the war which started in Yum Kippur? 

  • opinyonlangpo

    That is sizable amount to finance Islamic fundamentalist activities worldwide including terroristic activities against American institutions around the world. The American knows they can not influence the Egyptian Islamist government even with that kind of money.

    • mark_john21

      That’s true. US cannot influence Egypt anymore because US has lost its influence in the Arab world after the Arab spring. Mind you Egypt’s street is much safer than the Philippines even if you suspect it to finance terror. Don’t you know that OFWs in Egypt can sleep more soundly in Egypt than in the Philippines?

      • opinyonlangpo

        You are right. Thats the reason why this republican senator is trying to hold it up. Regarding safety again you are right, and its not just OFWs, the majority of the Filipinos are not guaranteed safety in their own homes. Risk starts the moment you set foot in the airport.

      • Marx Louis Wang

         Yeah, u r rite!!! Many pipol there in the NAIA looks to OFWs like millioners. They look at them not as humans but monies, yeahhhhh monies!! pagkakakitaan ito!!!!

  • Marx Louis Wang

    Yes, hold it but don’t give it to the PH. We have a 500M$ loan unpaid to China, and that money might go to the wrong hands again and again and again.



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