On Sunday, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry announced that the Obama administration will immediately hand over $250 million to the government of Egypt, based on President Mohammed Morsi's promises of political reform.
"The United States can and wants to do more," Kerry said in a statement.
In fact, the Obama administration plans to "do more,' as the $250 million is part of a larger package of financial aid pledged to the Egyptian government, currently led by the Muslim Brotherhood organization.
Kerry cited Egypt's "extreme needs" and Morsi's "assurances that he plans to complete the IMF process" when he told the president that the U.S. would provide $190 million of a long-term $450 million pledge "in a good-faith effort to spur reform and help the Egyptian people at this difficult time."
Separately, the top U.S. diplomat announced $60 million for a new fund for "direct support of key engines of democratic change," including Egypt's entrepreneurs and its young people. Kerry held out the prospect of U.S. assistance to this fund climbing to $300 million over time.
So, only 48 hours after President Obama decried the nation's looming crisis due to spending cuts mandated by the sequester, he gives a country whose current leadership refuses to acknowledge Israel's right to exist, and where Christians are being slaughtered nearly half a billion dollars.
How many Border Patrol agents could have been hired with that money?
How many soldier could have been given pay raises?
Apparently, the sequester cuts only apply to Americans.