Thursday, January 31, 2013

I'm a Bit Shocked That 79 Senators Support Sending M1 Tanks and F-16 Fighter Jets to Egypt

Today, the Senate voted on legislation introduced by Senator Rand Paul that would have prohibited the sale of M1 tanks, F-16 fighter jets and other advanced weaponry to the government of Egypt.  This sounds like a pretty good idea considering the President of Egypt thinks that Jews are descended from apes and pigs and are "violent by nature" and then when called out for those remarks, blames the "Jew-controlled media".  It was only a couple of months ago that Morsi was openly threatening Israel with war.   He even has a senior aide who believes that the holocaust was invented by US intelligence.  How did the Senate vote?  19-79 against Senator Rand Paul's bill.  That is just shocking.  79 Senators voting to arm a country that is run by a bunch of people who have views about Jews that are indiscernible from those of the Nazis.

Here is the roll call (note that the motion was to "table" or essentially kill the legislation.  So that the Yeahs are people who voted to continue to send arms to Egypt and the Nays are voting to prohibit those sales):

Grouped By Vote Position
YEAs ---79
Alexander (R-TN)
Ayotte (R-NH)
Baldwin (D-WI)
Barrasso (R-WY)
Baucus (D-MT)
Begich (D-AK)
Bennet (D-CO)
Blumenthal (D-CT)
Blunt (R-MO)
Boxer (D-CA)
Brown (D-OH)
Burr (R-NC)
Cantwell (D-WA)
Cardin (D-MD)
Carper (D-DE)
Casey (D-PA)
Chambliss (R-GA)
Coburn (R-OK)
Cochran (R-MS)
Collins (R-ME)
Coons (D-DE)
Corker (R-TN)
Donnelly (D-IN)
Durbin (D-IL)
Enzi (R-WY)
Feinstein (D-CA)
Flake (R-AZ)
Franken (D-MN)
Gillibrand (D-NY)
Graham (R-SC)
Hagan (D-NC)
Harkin (D-IA)
Hatch (R-UT)
Heinrich (D-NM)
Heitkamp (D-ND)
Hirono (D-HI)
Hoeven (R-ND)
Inhofe (R-OK)
Isakson (R-GA)
Johanns (R-NE)
Johnson (D-SD)
Johnson (R-WI)
Kaine (D-VA)
King (I-ME)
Kirk (R-IL)
Klobuchar (D-MN)
Landrieu (D-LA)
Lautenberg (D-NJ)
Leahy (D-VT)
Levin (D-MI)
Manchin (D-WV)
McCain (R-AZ)
McCaskill (D-MO)
McConnell (R-KY)
Menendez (D-NJ)
Merkley (D-OR)
Mikulski (D-MD)
Murkowski (R-AK)
Murphy (D-CT)
Nelson (D-FL)
Portman (R-OH)
Pryor (D-AR)
Reed (D-RI)
Reid (D-NV)
Rockefeller (D-WV)
Sanders (I-VT)
Schatz (D-HI)
Schumer (D-NY)
Shaheen (D-NH)
Stabenow (D-MI)
Tester (D-MT)
Toomey (R-PA)
Udall (D-CO)
Udall (D-NM)
Warner (D-VA)
Warren (D-MA)
Whitehouse (D-RI)
Wicker (R-MS)
Wyden (D-OR)
NAYs ---19
Boozman (R-AR)
Coats (R-IN)
Cornyn (R-TX)
Crapo (R-ID)
Cruz (R-TX)
Fischer (R-NE)
Grassley (R-IA)
Heller (R-NV)
Lee (R-UT)
Moran (R-KS)
Paul (R-KY)
Risch (R-ID)
Roberts (R-KS)
Rubio (R-FL)
Scott (R-SC)
Sessions (R-AL)
Shelby (R-AL)
Thune (R-SD)
Vitter (R-LA)
Not Voting - 2
Kerry (D-MA)Murray (D-WA)

Note of course that not a single Democrat voting to end these arms shipments to Egypt.  But then again, most of them, even those supposedly very pro-Israel, will be voting for Chuck Hagel who openly hates Israel and has made anti-semitic statements in the past (his attempts to distance himself from prior statements were laughable today during his confirmation hearing given the extensive and repeated evidence of them).

At least now we know who the true friends of Israel are, those that both support Israel and have the correct view of the regime in Egypt.


  1. cut off all help to Egypt is to isolate that troublesome nation rather than trying to bring them around to accept a more moderate postion towards their own opposition.

    The world of international relations is not so neatly split between Yes and No as this post would seem to suggest

    1. You can't bring around radical islamic regimes. It's like trying to bring around nazis.