Scott on right side of vote on Egypt aid

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Scott on right side of vote on Egypt aid

Published Tuesday, February 12, 2013   |  262 Words  |  

For many of us, the news out of Washington goes from unimpressive to unbelievable.

One exception to this came from our new U.S. senator, Tim Scott. Late last month, there was a vote on whether to stop giving F-16 fighters and other advanced military hardware to Egypt, now led by the Muslim Brotherhood, as part of a foreign aid package. Egypt has been building up its military with foreign aid from the U.S. for years.

At a time we should be counting our pennies, the Senate voted to continue the foreign aid gravy train to Egypt by a vote of 79 to 19. Scott and 18 other Republicans voted "no." Among those voting to continue the gifting was Sen. Lindsey Graham and all the Democrats.

I cannot understand how any American could vote to give the Muslim Brotherhood this kind of advanced weapons system, nor can I understand how we think we can afford such grandiose largess to a country that is not, shall we say, in our camp these days. More importantly, what must Israel think to know that we are arming Egypt?

Should we be forced into a war with Iran, a sad but growing possibility, how tragic will it be to know that Iran's ally, Egypt, has a modern air force with which to assist its friend against us.

Scott stood by principles that many of us believe in, and for that, all of us in South Carolina should be proud.

Don Sealey