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“We support the universal rights of the Egyptian people,” Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said yesterday in Jordan, “including the rights to freedom of expression, association, and assembly. And we urge the Egyptian authorities not to prevent peaceful protests or block communications, including on social media sites.”
The AP is now reporting that Internet service is cut off in Egypt. So what are we going to do about it?
It’s time, as Charlie Szrom has been suggesting over at National Review Online, to reassess US aid to Egypt:
Second, the administration could threaten cuts in aid to the Egyptian government if the regime continues to ban demonstrations and arrest and otherwise abuse protestors. This would be in line with measures I proposed yesterday on the Corner. The Egyptian regime has ignored the Obama administration’s calls for “restraint.” The specter of reduced funding would demand the regime’s attention. Without the threat of such action or rhetoric straight from the President, the Mubarak regime is unlikely to respond.
Continuing to throw unqualified monetary support at the Mubarak regime under the current circumstances is insane, and not just because everyone in Washington these days claims to be looking for ways to save money. Szrom has called for an immediate $100 million cut, with threats of more if the regime doesn’t open up the coming presidential election, scheduled for September.
UPDATE: Joe Biden should be ashamed of himself.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?