Jordan joins unrest in the Middle East and Say It Isn’t So: Rand Paul Calls for Cutting All U.S. Aid to Israel… For all of you who just love Rand Paul this should be a wake up moment. The Obama administration announced this morning that aid to Egypt will be cut off and that's just fine. But how about all the money we send to Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, and any number of countries that hate our guts? We could cut our spending by untold numbers if we simply quit trying to pay off our enemies. Cutting off support for our friend Israel is just plain stupid. Keep in mind, just because Egypt, Tunisia, Lebanon (prime example), Iran, Jordan, and others have people protesting against their government doesn't mean that a new government will be an improvement where the U.S. and Israel are concerned. The Muslim Brotherhood are actively involved and ready to step in which would be very bad news for all concerned.
WASHINGTON — Freshman Republican Sen. Rand Paul is calling for deep cuts in foreign aid, including eliminating U.S. money for Israel, a plan that has drawn criticism from Democrats and Republicans.
The tea party-backed Paul unveiled a budget proposal this week that would slash overall government spending by $500 billion, saying the growing debt requires nothing less. It makes significant cuts in education, energy and defense while eliminating some agencies.
The Kentucky senator also is calling for cutting billions from foreign aid, and told CNN he would end the $3 billion in foreign military assistance to Israel.
The Republican Jewish Coalition called the idea misguided. Rep. Nita Lowey of New York, the top Democrat on the Appropriations subcommittee on foreign operations, said the U.S. can’t renege on an ally.
Middle East Protests Spread to Jordan, via Weasel Zippers
(Reuters) — Islamists, leftists and trade unionists gathered in central Amman Friday for the latest protest to demand political change and wider freedoms. A crowd of at least 3,000 chanted: “We want change.”
Banners and chants showed a wider range of grievances than the high food prices that fueled earlier protests, and included demands for free elections, the dismissal of Prime Minister Samir Rifai’s government and a representative parliament.
The protest after Friday prayers was organized by the Islamic Action Front, the political arm of the Muslim Brotherhood which is the only effective opposition and biggest party, but included members of leftist parties and trade unions.
Jordan’s protests, as in several Arab countries, have been inspired by the uprising that overthrew the Tunisian president.
“After Tunisia, Arab nations have found their way toward the path of political freedom and dignity,” said Zaki Bani Rusheid, a leading Islamist politician.
Demonstrations have taken place across Jordan calling for reversal of free-market reforms which many blame for a widening gap between rich and poor.
Jordan is struggling with its worst economic downturn in decades. The government has announced measures to reduce the prices of essentials, create jobs and raise salaries of civil servants. Protesters say the moves do not go far enough.
Protests continue in Egypt, Tunisia,
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