Egypt coup raises questions on U.S. military aid
July 3rd, 2013
06:30 PM ET

Egypt coup raises questions on U.S. military aid

By Tom Cohen

A foreign policy headache for President Barack Obama worsened on Wednesday as Egypt endured its second coup in less than three years.

The declaration by Egypt's powerful military that suspended the constitution and removed President Mohamed Morsy from power raised questions about U.S. military aid to an important Middle East ally that borders Israel.

In addition, the coup ousted Egypt's first democratically elected leader a year after he took office, creating a further uncomfortable policy scenario for a U.S. government and president that champion democratic principles.

Top national security officials including Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, and CIA Director John Brennan headed to the White House after the coup announcement Wednesday.

In Egypt, the U.S. Embassy ordered the evacuation of non-essential personnel, a senior administration official told CNN.

 

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  1. Richard Right

    The idea that national leaders should be answerable to their citizens is almost anarchy. Imagine what would happen if politicians could be tossed out midterm, well they might actually work not to be thrown out. Rather than vacationing all the time they might put in 6 hours everyday at work, taking briefings, having meetings, and making decisions for the good of the country.

    July 6, 2013 at 10:35 pm | Reply
  2. conrad sassor

    The writer tom cohen is jewish. That makes him pro Israel and hence his idiotic reference to a "coup" in Egypt. This was NOT a coup. It was a popular uprising and its a shame that a jewish American exhibits Israeli tendencies and does his little part to confuse and distort.

    July 6, 2013 at 9:23 am | Reply
  3. robertolobo

    Dear Egypt.....First as an American..I apologize for our President's wrong support of the "Brotherhood", second, don't worry about the US aid....It is worthless paper and stands for nothing! No Seriously...they just keep printing it to keep control of foreign countries....it is worthless.

    July 5, 2013 at 3:11 pm | Reply
  4. Pete

    BLOCKD AGAIN!!!!

    July 4, 2013 at 10:38 am | Reply
  5. MIB

    This is the only country in the middle east where people have a will to do something more power to them.

    July 4, 2013 at 4:40 am | Reply
    • StanCalif

      Egyptians had their first test of "democracy". We (the USA) knew all along that the Muslim Brotherhood was not right for ruling the country. Now, we (the US) should be congratulating the Egyptian military for taking over. Morsy had no interest in being a "democratic" ruler. He does not represent ALL Egyptians!

      July 4, 2013 at 5:42 pm | Reply
      • MIB

        Hopefully things will workout and we(USA) keep our posteriors out of their business.

        July 4, 2013 at 5:59 pm |
      • StanCalif

        MIB:
        I agree, we should stay out of other countries' politics! Our own politics are certainly "unclean"!
        Egypt cannot be a US style "democracy", neither can Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, etc. These people don't have the knowledge to create a democratic government. Who ever they vote for will abandon them for money! The people don't have the money to insure their future. This is a growing problem here in the US. Only money matters!!!

        July 4, 2013 at 6:35 pm |
  6. California

    Now which terrorist organization do we support there?

    July 4, 2013 at 12:57 am | Reply
    • StanCalif

      Let's learn a lesson here. Simply holding elections does NOT make a democracy! Yet over and over again, our foreign policy is to "hold elections". Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Libya all under "democratically elected" rulers! All are simply jokes. Nothing "democratic" about any of them! Let's stop trying to "free the world", it simply will never work this way.

      July 4, 2013 at 5:51 pm | Reply

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