The justification for spending over a billion dollars a year on military aid to Egypt is that the money somehow gives us leverage. The recent events in Egypt show that our lever is basically just an expensive wet noodle without a fulcrum.
I’m going to take President Obama at this word when it comes to Egypt. I’m going to assume everything he said is basically true and not some weird 11 dimensional chess. I’m going to assume he really doesn’t want the Egypt military to engage in the arrest of political opponents and journalists. I truly believe that Obama thinks the recent killing of hundreds of protesters is deplorable.
So it would seem the Egyptian military is using the military aid we give them to do things the United States government strongly opposes. If we can’t use the massive amounts of aid we give the Egyptian military to convince the Egyptian military to change its behavior on this matter, then it is clear we really haven’t bought any leverage. If the aid is not actually buying leverage, then it is time we stop wasting the American people’s tax dollars.
I know some people will claim this an unfair analysis. They will claim we still need to spend the military aid only to gain leverage over Egypt’s possible foreign policy with Israel, but that seems like a novice view of the world. If we can’t use our military aid as leverage to convince the Egyptian army to stop killing Egyptians, why would anyone believe it would be more effective convincing them not to kill Israels?
The American people were sold a bill of goods. For years we have wasted billions and only bought the illusion of leverage. Now that the waste has been exposed, it is time to end it.
Screenshot via Neon Tommy