Other members of Congress have also called for a change in U.S. foreign policy that has bolstered the Mubarak regime to the tune of billions of dollars over the last 30 years.
“For too long, the U.S. has stood against the people of Egypt seeking a more democratic country and a more democratic government,” Rep. George Miller (D-Calif.) said Jan. 26.
But some members of Congress have offered tepid appreciation for the Egyptian government in floor speeches and, ironically, even reached out to him for assistance on human rights issues.
In a report on an official trip to Israel in 2009, for example, then-Sen. Arlen Specter (D-Pa.) said he had written Mubarak to ask for assistance in winning freedom for captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit from his Hamas captors.
And in a floor speech on Jan. 26, Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) “commended” the Egyptian government’s for its swift arrest and ongoing prosecution of four suspects in an act of violence against Coptic Egyptian Christians.