Senior leadership should know better than to conduct contra-foreign policy discussions in public before engaging the president. It is most disturbing to see the fair weather friend, Senator John McCain (R-AZ) and Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) calling for the suspension of foreign aid to Egypt.
Oddly, one might believe they would take the opposite stand because the Egyptian military is confronting radical Muslims who are the Muslim Brotherhood that is labeled by some as a terrorist organization.
Now, they may be correct just because America must be more prudent about where it spends its scarce foreign policy resources. Are we getting a return on cost for supporting the Egyptian military and the interim government?
The hope is that Egyptian military will remain allied with the U.S. by not supporting aggression against Israel, and by backing U.S. policy against Syria, for instance.
Now, McCain and Graham have not been supporters of the Obama administration staying out of the Syrian civil war. They wanted the U.S. engaged. So, you see, they are uneven in their thinking about these different circumstances.
Because they are leaders, and have different opinions, and because there are other “leaders” in both parties who should be engaged in the discussion with Secretary Kerry on point, Obama needs to “lead” by calling them into the White House for an even handed review of the situations with the intent of producing foreign policy about which there is bipartisan agreement.
“Senators: Egypt's leaders taking the country 'down a dark path'
By Jeremy Herb - 08/16/13 04:26 PM ET
Republican senators intensified the congressional pressure on President Obama to cut off aid to Egypt as more than 60 people were reportedly killed in Friday's "Day of Rage."
Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) once again called on the Obama administration to suspend aid to Egypt in the wake of the latest violence stemming from the military’s crackdown on protesters.
“The interim civilian government and security forces — backed up, unfortunately, by the military — are taking Egypt down a dark path, one that the United States cannot and should not travel with them,” the senators said in a joint statement.
“We urge the Obama administration to suspend U.S. assistance to Egypt and make clear to the current leadership of the country what steps we believe are necessary to halt Egypt’s descent into civil conflict and ultimately to restore our assistance relationship, which has historically served U.S. national security interests.”