Give Egypt’s foreign aid money to Libya?

Posted by: Phineas on September 28, 2012 at 1:01 pm

**Posted by Phineas

Interesting idea from Michael Totten:

Almost everything that happened in Libya was the reverse of what happened almost everywhere else.

The Libyan exception began with the terrorist attack on Sept. 11 at the consulate in Benghazi. For a while it looked as if Libya’s reaction to the video might be the worst in the world, but that didn’t last. The assassination of Ambassador Stevens wasn’t part of a mob action or a hysterical demonstration. On the contrary: Spontaneous protests have erupted throughout the country, but not against the U.S. or a crackpot videographer out in Los Angeles. The Libyan protesters have stood squarely against the terrorists who killed Stevens and against the militias that have been running amok since Moammar Gadhafi was lynched last year in Sirte.

Libyan demonstrators have displayed moving, hand-written signs: “Sorry people of America.” “Benghazi is against terrorism.” “Chris Stevens was a friend to all Libyans.” “Thugs and killers don’t represent Benghazi or Islam.” That’s what Libyans were saying while people elsewhere flew bin-Ladenist flags and set cars and buildings on fire. And it wasn’t just talk. The Libyan government swiftly arrested dozens of suspects following the Sept. 11 attacks. Ten days later, thousands of demonstrators in Benghazi seized the headquarters of an Islamist militia and forced its inhabitants to flee with their guns into the desert.

And let’s not forget Libya’s President, Mohammed el-Magarief, who’s been much more honest and forthright about what happened in his country than our own government.

I’ve often described the Obama administration’s foreign policy as “hug our enemies, slap our friends.” Perhaps it’s time to reverse that (1) and reward those who are the enemies of our enemies?

We need intelligence from North Africa, but Egypt is lost for the foreseeable future, so why keep giving them taxpayer money? Why give Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood president, Mohammed Morsi, who demands the release of the Blind Sheikh and that we respect values antithetical to our own, another penny? Why not rebuild our position in another country, instead, which seems to share at least some of our interests?

Why not Libya?

(1) Sadly, that will have to wait for another administration. One that has actual adults in charge.

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

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4 Responses to “Give Egypt’s foreign aid money to Libya?”


  1. Unless and until both Obhammud and Morsi make up their feeble minds about the status of Egypt it makes all the sense in the world to channel foreign aid money to avowed allies like Libya who is not afraid to tell the world where they stand. The cheap excuse for not cutting off countries that spit in our face at every given opportunity is that someone else (Russia, China, or Iran) will fill the void. Good! Let them be someone else’s headache for a change.
    “Diplomatic action without the backing of military strength in the present world can lead only to appeasement.”–Secretary of State George C. Marshall, March 1948.

  2. Great White Rat says:

    I wouldn’t go all in yet, but I’d definitely cut off all aid to Egypt immediately. Then I’d be on the phone to the new Libyan president, thank him for his honesty and response to the attacks, and ask him if there’s anything we can do to show our gratitude. I wouldn’t shower the Libyans with all the aid we currently give Egypt, but I’d give them some and let them know we can certainly be a good and generous friend, and we’re looking forward to good relations with him and his people.

    But there are two problems with that approach. The first is that the world now knows how Obama treats our allies, and they wouldn’t trust him in the least. President Romney might well be able to make the case, though.

    The second problem is trickier. I’d want definite assurances that this new face of Libya is solid, and won’t morph into another Muslim Brotherhood regime in time. If we can help stabilize el-Magarief, there’s less chance of that. The last thing we want is to build up Libya, especially as a military counterweight to the new radicalized Egypt, and then have all we’ve given them fall into the hands of a new Khadaffi.

  3. Carlos says:

    If and when the perpetrators of the deadly attack in Libya are caught, my money will be on most, if not all, of the attackers being Saudi or Yemeni.

    Just sayin…

    Now, about stopping all aid to Egypt? What about stopping all aid to Saudi Arabia, and opening up every place in our own country that has proven oil reserves so we can stop funding terrorism against ourselves?

    Or is that exactly what Obhammud wants or, more importantly, what both the Democrats AND Republicans we’ve sent to D.C. want? Because that’s exactly what it all boils down to.

    They (our “leaders”) know it, and we know it.

  4. Tango says:

    ….why shower an oil rich fiefdom like Libya with our tax dollars? Seems to me that with crude running in the neighborhood of $100 a barrel, Libya is doing just fine.