When asked about the payments, Jefferson was quoted as saying "Millions for defense, but not one cent for tribute."
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Bamster Pays Off Egypt to Release Prisoners. Budget Working to Cut Military.
It isn't as though we don't already provide significant military and economic aid to Egypt. It isn't as though they couldn't be slapped down properly. It's simply that we are a much different nation than that of Jefferson.
And, that isn't a good thing.