WASHINGTON — Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) on Thursday criticized a fellow Republican, Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, for proposing to end aid to Libya, Egypt and Pakistan, suggesting the cuts could damage U.S. national security.
“Rand Paul is one nice fellow, but I bet you he’s never talked with CIA Director General Petraeus about what would happen if we cut our aid off to Pakistan,” said Graham at a Politico event at the Newseum. “It’s 90 percent popular, but I can show you things in history that were 100 percent popular that were really bad ideas.”
Paul has threatened to block a six-month government funding bill because he wants to cut off U.S. aid to Pakistan unless the country stops “openly thwarting our objectives in the region” and releases a Pakistani doctor who helped in the search for Osama bin Laden. He urged aid to be cut to Egypt and Libya, unless those countries show “full cooperation” in bringing those to justice who stormed U.S. diplomatic facilities last week. The attacks on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, killed U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three colleagues.
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