Arizona Senator and former presidential hopeful John McCain has spoken out against the military-backed ouster of former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi in terms much harsher than his former opponent, Barack Obama, who’s been a staunch supporter of Morsi since assuming his presidency, as reported by NBC News.
As previously covered by Examiner.com, after the July 3, 2013 removal of Morsi from office, the Obama administration eventually released a statement expressing concern over the military ouster as well as bemoaning the temporary suspension of Egypt’s new Sharia Law-heavy Constitution.
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Senator McCain blasted away at the Egyptian interim government in no uncertain terms when he called for the immediate suspension of all aid to the nation in flux.
Considered by some conservatives as an example of the Senator’s myopic vision of American foreign police in the region, McCain went on to state:
I am aware that by suspending aid to the Egyptian military, which is the only stable institution in Egypt, we are risking further problems in the Sinai, and in other areas of cooperation with the Egyptian military.
This isn’t the first time McCain has angered conservatives in his own political party. Late last May, McCain visited leaders of various Syrian rebel groups he has advocated supplying with heavy weapons in their fight to overthrow the regime of Bashar al-Assad. The largest of the rebel groups, the al-Nusra Front, is openly allied with the same al Qaeda terrorists who attacked the United States on September 11, 2001, killing 3,000.
Defending the McCain jaunt to Syria was his spokesman Brian Rogers:
The senator believes his visit to Syria was critical to supporting the many brave Syrians who are fighting for their lives and the freedom of their country against a brutal regime and its foreign allies that are massacring Syrian citizens on Syrian territory.