Rand Paul Slams US Support of 'Military Junta' in Egypt

Monday, 08 Jul 2013 06:24 PM

By Tom Topousis

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Sen. Rand Paul, a possible 2016 presidential candidate, launched a pair of twitter bombs Monday aimed at those backing the military takeover in Egypt and the continued flow of U.S. aid to the country.

"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 tweeted.

"In Egypt, democratic authoritarianism is replaced with military junta. American neocons say send them more of your money," Paul fumed in the second of two missives on Twitter.

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Paul's slam followed an op-ed piece he wrote for The Washington Times on July 4, blasting U.S. policy on Egypt through the regime of former strongman Hosni Mubarak and continuing under Mubarak’s successor, recently deposed President Mohammed Morsi, an Islamist.

"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 Mohammed Morsi recently convicted 16 Americans of political crimes in a show trial, the Obama administration still sent them over $2 billion this year."

Paul continued: "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."

On Monday, the White House declined to call the Egyptian military's ouster of Morsi a coup, which would have triggered a suspension of U.S. aid to Cairo.

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