The Senate approved the six-month spending resolution to keep the government funded early Saturday morning. The vote was 62-30, with 10 Republicans voting with the Democratic majority and only one Democrat, Sen. Joe Manchin (W.V.), voting against. The vote took place after the upper chamber came to an agreement on other votes, including Sen. Rand Paul’s (R-Ky.) bill to end foreign aid to Egypt, Libya, Pakistan and Yemen unless they met certain conditions. … Paul had been filibustering the Senate for days, delaying action by requiring the maximum amount of time be spent on each vote until he got a vote on his own bill, which failed, 10-81. Numerous Republican senators stood up in opposition to Paul’s bill, calling it dangerous and irresponsible, especially to Israel.
Keep in mind that this vote took place 11 days after the U.S. ambassador to Libya, J. Christopher Stevens, was murdered along with three other U.S. diplomats in Libya. The federal government is sending money that it doesn’t have to declared and undeclared enemies alike, to countries that Barack Obama has openly declared are not U.S. allies, while simultaneously refusing to re-enact the Bush tax cuts because the country supposedly cannot afford them.
Think about it. Four-fifths of the United States Senate, the majority of both Democrats and Republicans in the Senate, are more concerned with sending taxpayer money – or worse, borrowed money that future taxpayers will eventually have to repay, with interest – to four foreign countries than to permit increasingly stressed taxpayers to keep it in the worst economy in nearly 80 years. And worse, they are openly claiming to do so in the Israeli national interest instead of the American one.
This is truly twisted and short-term thinking. Throughout history, few nations have successfully bought peace with their enemies. As Rudyard Kipling’s poem is often quoted, “once you have paid him the Danegeld, you never get rid of the Dane.” The U.S. now finds itself in the process of unseating the Arab dictators it once supported, replacing them with the “Arab Spring” democracies that are proving to be little more than a mechanism for the evolution of a new caliphate. Given the aggressive nature of the historical caliphates, to say nothing of the expansionary ambitions of the global jihadists and the population demographics of the West, it should be obvious that the Dane-dinar approach of attempting to control the Arab world through monetary measures has failed.
The 81 senators who voted against Sen. Paul’s bill know this as well as the small minority who voted for it. That is precisely why they rejected the idea of making the foreign aid contingent on the behavior of the Egyptian, Libyan, Pakistani and Yemeni governments. They know perfectly well that no amount of money is going to provide substantive change, it will do nothing more than delay the inevitable confrontation between East and West that has been gradually heating up since the end of World War II.
The leaders of the West have continually attempted to put off that confrontation for fear it would lead to serious economic disruptions. But all they have achieved is to ensure that it will take place when the West is considerably weaker economically and militarily than before, with declining native populations riddled with Eastern sympathizers and activists, and with societies that no longer possess the belief that they are worth saving.
To continue to pay protection money to the governments of the Ummah is in the interest of neither Americans nor Israelis. The payoffs are only in the material and temporal interests of those governments, of the global jihad, and of the cowardly politicians who wish to leave the challenge of the great conflict of civilizations to their successors.
It is wrong to put temptation in the path of any nation,
For fear they should succumb and go astray;
So when you are requested to pay up or be molested,
You will find it better policy to say: –
“We never pay any-one Dane-geld,
No matter how trifling the cost;
For the end of that game is oppression and shame,
And the nation that plays it is lost!”