July 5th, 2013
11:03 AM ET

Egypt's military - made by the U.S.A.?

Money, weapons and training are among the ties that bind the U.S. and Egyptian military forces.  But now there are questions about whether a "coup" by the Egyptian military could jeopardize that relationship.  CNN's Chris Lawrence reports.

soundoff (33 Responses)
  1. Li Tai Fang

    The dumbest thing to do in international diplomacy is to support someone who
    1) hates you, and
    2) hated by the people in his country, and then
    3) overthrown by these people in his country.

    Memo to us: don't be such idiots.

    July 9, 2013 at 2:06 pm | Reply
  2. Ahmed

    I am an Egyptian citizen and the words of both the American people free Democratically
    that this is not a coup of the Egyptian army, but is the will of the Egyptian people freely

    July 9, 2013 at 7:06 am | Reply
  3. greg

    If you didn't know this a U.S. Government operation in the 1st place

    July 8, 2013 at 8:56 pm | Reply
  4. The Right Left

    The 100-billion $$ spent in the ME is to keep Israel alive and afloat. American blood and money is regularly spent to keep this tiny, one of the last colonial outpost of 5-million settlers, practicing Apartheid, protected form the 500-million angry Arabs who want them out. Egypt and it new rulers were beginning to respond to their people's hatred of Israel(I have been to the ME – They all hate Israel). The Washington politicians had to respond to their paymasters demands.

    July 8, 2013 at 9:57 am | Reply
  5. M.M

    hopefully after this conflict with the US we will drop your military AID for the Russian and other Rich Arabs AID, they are much better as an Ally !!! and we can then control our Suez canal without coming back to the US.

    believe me Russia is just waiting for that opportunity so please keep your money :)

    July 7, 2013 at 3:54 pm | Reply
  6. Frank

    Oh, please, "jeapardize the relationship"??? You must be joking CNN. The U.S. CAUSED this coup. El Baradei is their man, period.

    July 6, 2013 at 9:51 pm | Reply
    • Alex279

      Sounds like operation "protect investment"... ..but seriously, I am confused is the 1.5B John Kerry has signed arms sales or military help? Or it is kind of both, meaning that US government provides credit to Egypt (borrowing the money from taxpayers or from China), then Egypt buys weapons from the US using that credit, later on Egypt can not pay it, so it is restructured, ar another credit is given to pay for the first credit, then it is restructired, and finally, 20 years later is written off.

      July 6, 2013 at 10:32 pm | Reply
    • Alex Rodgers

      I'm not getting you why they need El Baradei what he will do for them in return?

      July 7, 2013 at 9:38 am | Reply
      • Alex279

        I guess because El Baradei was the chief of international atomic commission in the past. He did play some role in Iraq inspections (remember weapons of mass destraction claim of 2003?), but he almost rebelled after US was pushing too hard ("almost" is because ultimately he hid not prevent US with advancing that fragulent claim in UN). It yet to be seen whether he is a puppet or can be made into a puppet (after all there are multiple examples when former puppets rebel against being instruments of lies and became a source of inconvenience. Former Haage procecutor Carla Del Ponte is one of them).

        ...overall, regarding El Baradei is is not clear whether has any success. in today's Egypt.

        ...as far as the coup itself, it would be prudent for Egypt military to talk in advance to Obama administration and get it approved - otherwise they can be misunderstood as "military hunta overthrowing democratically elected president" and condemned for that with the whole set of consequences (international isolation, sanction, etc...). And, judging by the reaction from State Dept. appears that they did: everything went smoothly and orderly thus far.

        July 7, 2013 at 1:49 pm |
    • Red Hair

      US is into other country business. Why doesn't this President work on this country and keep his finger out of other country business.

      July 7, 2013 at 1:41 pm | Reply
  7. Alex Rodgers

    US has been paying billions since the 80s to Egypt military to maintain the peace with Israel and continue freedom of petrol passage through the Suez Canal. hence, the US should never suspend aid to Egypt. otherwise, it will put Israel in jeopardy. the American government should corporate with Egypt not to put itself in bad situation with Israel who have been playing a huge part in building and funding America.

    July 6, 2013 at 11:03 am | Reply
    • Dave

      F@#$ Isreal!

      July 6, 2013 at 5:23 pm | Reply
    • Archon

      That the other way around- Israel is a damned parasite that has a new best friend: China. Israel gave them engine tech and technical schematics for the Lavi (a modified F-16). Granted the engines are 4th gen engines, but its helping China get past some technical issues they were having with engines in general...so Dave is right on...Israel can take a flying leap.

      July 6, 2013 at 7:07 pm | Reply
    • Frank

      Don't worry, they won't, clueless. The U.S. wants El Baradei. The Egyptian military wants their U.S. dollars.

      July 6, 2013 at 9:52 pm | Reply
  8. Yo

    Don't you just love it that the American media writes "coup" between quotes, trying hard to pretend it is n't a real coup.

    Just because the coup is done wy American military Equipment, doesn't make it anything less: the democraticly chosen governement is ousted by the military and the 200 leaders of the elected party are all arrested.

    If that isn't a real coup, than I don't know what it!

    July 6, 2013 at 7:41 am | Reply
    • mik

      the Western powers want another military DICTATOR puppet IN CHARGE! So Israel is protected.

      July 7, 2013 at 1:00 pm | Reply
  9. Beefburger

    $1.9BILLION to Egypt's military (supporting the Muslim Brotherhod before the coup) but we can't spend $100k on fireworks for the troops. We have to close down tours of the White House, "The House of The People", which I do not believe is legal, but we have MILLION$ for concerts by Justin Timberlake, Jay Z, and B.

    July 6, 2013 at 6:36 am | Reply
    • Red Hair

      We can't have White House tours because this President takes 100 million dollars vacations. This President is at Camp David looking for more ways to screw the American people.

      July 7, 2013 at 1:45 pm | Reply
    • The Right Left

      The politicians after receiving about 10-million $$ in bribes from ME countries like Saudi Arabia and Israel, then authorize 100-billion in military and economic aid paid for US tax payer. Our politicians are eating through America like termites. WE are being hollowed out from inside to keep them re-elected and rich. We have the best politicians MONEY can buy. Washington sells itself to the highest bidder.

      July 8, 2013 at 9:50 am | Reply
  10. Michael Benjamin

    Never fear a way will be found to keep this agreement intact. The last time Egypt was looking for partners, they found themselves in the warm embrace of the Soviet Union. I doubt anyone would like to see that happen again.

    July 6, 2013 at 1:46 am | Reply
  11. Clarke

    Said state of affairs, when we don't have enough money for our own military and we cut it. But yet give this kind of money to another country for their military. What ever happened to take care of your own first.

    July 5, 2013 at 7:32 pm | Reply
    • Lincoln Burns in Hell

      Not enough money for our own military?

      You truly are one ignorant son-of-a-b!tch, aren't you?

      July 6, 2013 at 12:14 am | Reply
      • Jomama

        Hehehheheh not you Lincoln.

        July 6, 2013 at 10:37 am |
      • Jomama

        The only thing I like about the Middle east is the stars at night, they are most impressive. The more you stare the more you see.

        July 6, 2013 at 11:48 am |
      • allen demary

        Hello you do know we have spending cuts to the DOD , What is wrong with his statement?

        July 6, 2013 at 12:20 pm |
  12. Larry

    is it cynical to think that the coup was to ensure future US military sales to a rare Israel friendly country in the region, after all isn't the US the defender of democratic development in the world (of course unless the other guys win)?
    I already hear semantic discussions of whether this was a coup or a velvet revolution ...
    I wonder what this turns out to be .. stay tuned it's gonna be expensive

    July 5, 2013 at 7:29 pm | Reply
  13. George patton

    I have a better idea here. Why not let China or J apan finance the huge Egyptian military for a change? It sounds good to me!

    July 5, 2013 at 12:03 pm | Reply
    • john mccane

      I agree, George. I wonder why nobody thought of that before.

      July 5, 2013 at 12:06 pm | Reply
  14. George patton

    I have a better idea. Why not let China or J apan finance the Egyptian huge military for a change? It sounds good to me!

    July 5, 2013 at 12:00 pm | Reply
  15. Pete

    On one of the news shows it showed Hummers and looked like American made M1 Abrams tanks,our MIC money at work..Remember all its guys like your delushional senator McCain that's over there talking military at tax payers expense giving sales pitches for more weapons I bet and its been pretty frequent lately hasn't it!!Boy how many frequent flier miles does McCain have now!!

    July 5, 2013 at 11:14 am | Reply
    • Jomama

      I researched McCain and I have to say Im still undecided on the issue. If you want to get into it I will but don't really want to. I think McCain still needs to use a C-23 for traveling heheheheh

      July 6, 2013 at 10:58 am | Reply
      • Pete

        @jomama,just Google up the Keating 5 and his pet name given to him by prisoners in Vietnam the Saigon Songbird and how his admiral father had his military records sealed!!!Good reading jomama and you know I write facts,you've proved it yourself!!!

        July 6, 2013 at 12:29 pm |

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