Majority of Americans Want to Cut Off Military Aid to Egypt

By: Monday August 19, 2013 12:23 pm

A majority of Americans want the United States to cut off military aid to Egypt in light of recent developments. By a nearly a two-to-one margin Americans would prefer to see the aid cut off. From Pew Research: I think the wording of the question unfairly causes the poll to overstate the lack of support [...]

If the Money Can’t Buy Leverage It Is Time to Stop Wasting It

By: Friday August 16, 2013 8:03 am

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 [...]

Obama Still Isn’t Cutting Off Aid to Egypt

By: Thursday August 15, 2013 8:09 am

The big takeaway from President Obama’s address on the situation in Egypt is that he still isn’t cutting off aid. While Obama did cancel a planned joint military exercise, the billions in American aid will keep flowing to the military that now controls the government. Cutting off aid is the leverage the administration has in [...]

It Was Economic Feudalism – Not Liberalism – Mubarak Promoted in Egypt

By: Friday February 18, 2011 8:18 am

The New York Times has an article about the Egyptian’s military role in the economy and how it is “discouraging open markets” now that it has taken power. I take strong issue with how the article describes the extreme cronyism practiced by Hosni Mubarak as either “liberalizing the economy” or privatization: As the military began [...]

Irony Alert: Obama Pushes for End to Egypt’s Emergency Law, Extension of US Patriot Act

By: Tuesday February 8, 2011 1:42 pm

Sometimes the irony of two news events that happen on the same day is almost surreal. Today, we have news that the Obama administration is pushing the Mubarak government to immediately end the Egypt’s “Emergency Law,” which gives the President sweeping powers to violate the rights of the country’s citizens. From Jack Tapper’s “White House [...]

Egypt, Obama, Clinton, AIPAC and Twitter

By: Tuesday February 8, 2011 8:59 am

In the end, if Obama truly wants to install Suleiman, he probably can. He’ll engineer one of those “make me do it” moments, where he just has to accept that the thing his administration has been working tirelessly to achieve is the best thing for Egypt. But the minute that happens, and the stories start leaking out about young demonstrators being “disappeared” by Suleiman’s thugs, he’ll have to explain to the social media generation how it was all worth it for “stability in the region.”

And this time, he won’t be able to blame it on the need for “60 votes.”

Your Tax Dollars Bought Those Tanks on Streets of Egypt

By: Friday January 28, 2011 2:35 pm

With protest continuing in Egypt against President Hosni Mubarak despite a curfew, the government has ordered the army to help put down the protest. According to Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, Eqypt’s total military expenditures in 2009 was $3.6 billion. Mubarak’s administration has been one of largest recipients of American military support ever, receiving $1.3 [...]