(Reuters) - Six Americans working for publicly funded U.S. organizations promoting democracy in Egypt have been barred from leaving the country, provoking angry demands in Washington that Cairo's new military rulers stop "endangering American lives".Holding American citizens against their will is not good international form. But with a weak President sitting in the White House you can throw good form out the window as well as international law and anything else you don't care for. The Iranians learned this in 1979 when they received the Wrath of Jimmy Carter. In like fashion President Oboobooo will lower the tray on his high chair and slam his sippy cup.
Among those hit by travel bans - one of those targeted called it "de facto detention" - is a son of U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, as well as other foreign staffers of the International Republican Institute and National Democratic Institute, officials at the two organizations said on Thursday.
The United States said Egypt should reverse them: "We are urging the government of Egypt to lift these restrictions immediately and allow these folks to come home as soon as possible," State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said.But don't you worry none. Obooboo has everything under control.
A month after police raided the Cairo offices of the IRI, NDI and eight other non-governmental organizations, it raises the stakes for Washington, which had already indicated it may review the $1.3 billion it gives the Egyptian military each year if the probe into alleged breaches of local regulations went on.
I have failed to make my point clear and for this I apologize to my readers.
There are all kinds of idiots on all sides of the political spectrum that, when they leave our shores, they do stupid things and get their asses in a jam in other countries.
My position is this:
1) I find it neither agreeable nor noble that US government assistance and support is provided only to those Americans whose political or social or religious views agree with any particular persuasion.
2) As a rising river raises all boats, a falling river does the same thing, only in reverse. A President that is internationally recognized to be both weak and ineffective endangers the safety of ALL Americans, both home and abroad.
My daughter was a student at the American University in Cairo in 2007-08 studying Arabic. She is now an Army Sgt. stationed at Fort Bragg; she is a Arab linguist and her MOS is signals intel. Suppose as a student she had done something similar to the kids above to piss off the Egyptians and ended up in the same mess?
Think about it, I have - a lot, she's kinda mouthy.