The Next Conservative Cause: Cutting Aid to Egypt and Libya

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Sept. 14 2012 9:48 AM

The Next Conservative Cause: Cutting Aid to Egypt and Libya

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TAMPA, FL - AUGUST 28: U.S. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) attends the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on August 28, 2012 in Tampa, Florida. Today is the first full session of the RNC after the start was delayed due to Tropical Storm Isaac. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images

WASHINGTON -- When the Arab revolutions broke out, there were brief, aborted discussions about whether America should keep sending aid to these countries. That conversation had basically been forgotten -- until this week. Now, as Josh Rogin reports, Sen. Rand Paul is reviving the fight over foreign aid, asking to apply that money to veterans' care instead, and threatening the nominations of new Iraq and Pakistan ambassadors.

"My position is not one penny more for Libya or Egypt or Pakistan until they act like our allies. Some say we've got to keep sending it. Fine. Let's send it when they act like our allies. Let's send it when they start behaving like civilized nations and come to their senses," Paul said. "Let's memorialize those people who sacrificed their lives and the veterans by saying we're not going to give money to a country that disrespects and disavows everything we've done over the last 10 years to combat terrorism."
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Keep watching that meme. At today's Values Voter Summit, Michele Bachmann -- who is re-locating her role as a fearless spokesperson for anti-sharia worries -- got her biggest cheers when she attacked the Obama administration for engaging with the new rulers of Egypt.

"We will immediately put an end to the United States taxpayer gravy train!" she said.

David Weigel is a Slate political reporter. 

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