US Meddling in Egypt: What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

For decades, Egypt was considered a US intervention “success story.” In return for billions financial and military aid, Anwar Sadat and Hosni Mubarak made nice with Israel and suppressed Islamism.

Then it all came apart, and US officials and diplomats have managed to stay a step behind at every juncture. First they opposed the revolution and backed Mubarak. Then they supported the revolution as long as it wasn’t going to be the Muslim Brotherhood in charge. Then they decided they could “work with” the Brotherhood. And now that the military has overthrown the Brotherhood-dominated government, they’re arguing over whether or not to call that overthrow a “coup” — which it by definition is — because if it’s a “coup,” the aid gravy train legally has to stop rolling, possibly undoing the expensive accomplishments of the post-Camp-David era.

It’s not very often that I agree with US Senator John McCain (R-AZ), and this agreement is only partial. The US shouldn’t “suspend aid until such time as there is a new constitution and a free and fair election.” The US should stop financing the Middle East’s political quarrels, be they international or internecine.

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