It’s just before 8 a.m. ET and I caught a glimpse of Ray LaHood on CBS This Morning. Is it me, or was he way too calm about his son being held in Egypt and not allowed to leave?
The International Republican Institute (IRI) – loosely affiliated with the GOP political party – points to a Reuters article from yesterday.
The American groups raided were the IRI and the National Democratic Institute, both democracy-building groups loosely affiliated with the two main U.S. political parties, as well as the human rights group Freedom House and the International Center for Journalists.
The charges include allegations that the activists were working for organizations not legally registered in Egypt. The groups say they have long sought to register there.
They are also alleged to have broken the law by accepting foreign funds — grant money from the U.S. government — without Egyptian government approval.
The Egyptian government says the issue is a matter of law, not politics. But in Washington, both Congress and the administration of President Barack Obama have said the probe threatens U.S. aid to Egypt.
That aid has been running at about $1.55 billion in recent years; $1.3 billion of this has been military aid.
Back to LaHood’s nonchalant attitude. Is it just me, or would you be freaking out if this was your kid?
I’m not saying the situations are comparable, but how does Hood’s reaction compare to the actions of the parents of the hikers who wandered into Iran?