Why Americans should care about Egypt
July 5th, 2013
05:46 PM ET

Why Americans should care about Egypt

By Jill Dougherty

As political turmoil engulfs Egypt, Americans are watching closely - and they should be: What happens in Egypt will directly affect Americans in many ways.

Travel: See the pyramids along the Nile - NOT

Egypt, with its 5,000-year history, the pyramids and pharaohs, was always a luxury travel destination for Americans but the political and social violence that has wracked the country for 2½ years has virtually destroyed Egypt's U.S. tourist business.

Now, the State Department is warning citizens not to travel to Egypt and U.S. citizens living in Egypt to leave. It also ordered non-emergency personnel and families of Americans working at the U.S. Embassy and consulate to leave.

Money

Egypt is America's closest ally in the Arab world and it gets $1.5 billion a year in U.S. taxpayer money for military and civilian programs. In fact, in the last 30 years, the United States has sent more foreign aid to Egypt than to any country except Israel. Now, that money hangs in the balance as the Obama administration decides whether to call the overthrow of President Mohamed Morsy a "coup."

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  1. pjoe

    Sorry, not really interested in Islamic countries. On a scale of 1 to 10, my interest level in going to Egypt is about a 2 ... the same as other Islamic countries in that region. I love traveling, but even if I won a free all-expense paid tour, I don't think I would even bother to go.

    July 7, 2013 at 11:24 pm | Reply
  2. Michael Benjamin

    HOMES

    July 7, 2013 at 6:58 pm | Reply
  3. Engi Aboul-Ezz

    First I'm Egyptian and I could truly said that " it's not a coup it's a revolution".. Second American people don't care about Egypt they care only about their internal affairs and that's good sometimes, But the US administration cares only about Israel not Egypt or Egyptian people... Finally and again " it's not a coup it's a revolution" 30-6-2013... Mr, Obama stop support terrorism in Egypt!!!

    July 7, 2013 at 6:33 pm | Reply
    • Ahmed

      I agree with you in your opinion about the American administration interest because I really feel the same, and it brings up the hatred to the American Political intervention.

      July 9, 2013 at 8:46 am | Reply
  4. Flagante Delicto

    The 1.5 billion in aid to Egypt does not go to the people. It is military assistance that Washington is financing. This moneyc ould be better spent right here at home.

    July 7, 2013 at 3:49 pm | Reply
  5. soccer2mom

    Unlike the president awaiting impeachment-the majority of the US does most assuredly support Egypt's overthrowing the terrorist muslim brotherhood. In no way should they have been involved in any political activity or positioning themselves to threaten a government or government official. The democratic process failed at the moment the muslim brotherhood, a very well known vile, hateful, untolerant, extremely violent, group politically positioned themselves to overtake the government. Same is what they tried here, the moment this president invited them into the white house and supped with them, he should have been tried as an enemy of the state. Mr. President you are wrong. The United States does most certainly support any country that overthrows a terrorist party that presents themselves as a religion when they are maneuvering to overtake countries by force. Mr. President please step down, you are an embarrassment to our country!!!

    July 7, 2013 at 2:32 pm | Reply
    • Pete

      @soccer2mom,bet you didn't say that after you voted for that Texas imbecile in Bush,twice I bet and quess what mom Pres.Obamas doing it without any of your obstructionist in republicans either..

      July 7, 2013 at 7:29 pm | Reply
  6. jonny

    Well as a canadian i really am beyond caring about the entire middle east. Hate bloodshed intolerance , seems to be the norm for them, I am against tax dollars leaving my country totally, use it at home there is plenty of need.

    July 7, 2013 at 1:54 pm | Reply
  7. jonat

    The state media needs to start worrying about the needs of Americans and not the needs of the politicians and bankers in DC

    July 7, 2013 at 7:51 am | Reply
  8. Yuki

    I don't care.

    July 7, 2013 at 7:46 am | Reply
  9. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    The Guns Over People tea potty only care about lining their pockets with the hard earned money of Americans. Democracy means nothing to them. They want to stop voters who see thru them by suppresing their votes.

    July 7, 2013 at 5:35 am | Reply
    • Pete

      @Nathan,that's not all true McCains over in the middle east drumming up business for his master the MIC..You do know they have to work for their pay right Nathan,not for America and its people but for the supplier of wars!!

      July 7, 2013 at 7:32 pm | Reply
    • George patton

      Thank you, NATHAN. How true that is!!!

      July 8, 2013 at 8:47 am | Reply
  10. dudley

    But we don't care any more than we care about Syria. Arab Spring nations just ruin themselves then ask the US or the UN for a do-over.

    If freedom and democracy is not a child of your own effort, you won't care for it as if it were.

    July 6, 2013 at 11:45 pm | Reply
  11. krm10007©

    Help any muslim country that rejects Wahhabism. There are millions and millions of lower caste muslims are oppressed by these wahhabi thugs.

    July 6, 2013 at 1:44 pm | Reply
  12. jake

    Leave the rest of the world alone. Who cares about Egypt's tourist industry. Support the tourist industry in the US.

    July 6, 2013 at 11:54 am | Reply
  13. USMC1371

    Here is a idea Obama needs to think about...No matter what it's called cut off all funding not only to Egypt but all countries. We need to take care of our house first.

    July 5, 2013 at 11:40 pm | Reply
    • The Maeven

      We are 17 trillion dollars in debt. Our economy is crashing due to continued unemployment. We have the big government at the helm. We have Muslim terrorists training in Pennsylvania, for God's sake. And, with his Muslim Brotherhood buddies in OUR White House, our President is taking a 100Million Dollar Vacation and has promised Africa 17 billion dollars to shore up their electricity? Screw the Muslims and the rest of the world. It's past time that we straighten out AmeriKa.

      July 6, 2013 at 9:01 am | Reply
    • George patton

      Well put, USMC1371. I agree with both you and The Maeven. We need to return to Isolationism which is a great idea whose time has truly come.

      July 6, 2013 at 7:04 pm | Reply
      • Pete

        @George,please explain isolationism and when America wondered away from it..Maybe after the start of the ectronic age with telephones over a hundred years ago again please explain your delushional rant about something this country wasn't involved in since the civil war bud ...With republicans involved with the MIC and America because of it meddling in on every countrys business its hard to be isolated when you're the life of the party ...Start by telling that McCain to stay home and quit trying to sell arms for the MIC like Rumsfield did to foriegn countrys for Reagan,just the same crap decades later at again tax payers expense,typical republicans the warmongers of our country!!

        July 9, 2013 at 3:12 pm |
  14. wafaa booth

    MURSI WAS A DICTATORS HE WAS NOT A TRUE MUSLIM AND WILL NEVER BE
    HE WAS THE FIRST FRAUD ELECTING PRESIDENT IN EGYPT HISTORY................

    July 5, 2013 at 10:19 pm | Reply
  15. wafaa booth

    IT WAS NEVER A COUP NEVER
    IT WAS ONE OF A KIND TRUE EGYPTIAN REVOLUTION
    IT WAS ONE OF THE GREATEST REVOLUTION THE WORLD WILL EVER SEE

    July 5, 2013 at 10:15 pm | Reply
    • The Maeven

      We know all about lying leaders! So proud of Egypt for ousting the Islamists, In the current world, the Egyptians are the most courageous.

      July 6, 2013 at 9:05 am | Reply
    • MIB

      Its far from over, Im not a Muslim fan at all Not a Jewish Fan but what you say has credit. Im glad to see the people doing what they feel is right. Now keep the brotherhood out of any political process. All they are is a gang.

      July 6, 2013 at 10:27 am | Reply
  16. Admin

    Reblogged this on World Chaos News.

    July 5, 2013 at 7:27 pm | Reply
  17. George patton

    Of course the right-wing thugs in Washington care about Egypt since every leader there since Nassar have been no more than stooges for them by carrying out each and every order to the letter! Now they want us to worry too. Then again, every leader in the Middle East, except for Bashar al-Assad of Syria is no more than a Muslim elitist puppet with the M.I.C. in Washington pulling the strings!!!

    July 5, 2013 at 7:24 pm | Reply
    • George Patton

      Sorry folks, I am the true George Patton and I never posted the above. Some anti-American jerk is trying to make me look like him, fool. Phunnie boy's at it again so just ignore the above!!!

      July 6, 2013 at 1:23 pm | Reply
      • wafaa booth

        I agree with you George, this fake George sounds like a pendejo.

        July 6, 2013 at 1:26 pm |
    • Archon

      A heads up....

      We have a debt driven economy...the debt doesn't matter one bit. That's why it continues to cruise out of sight and it doesn't matter who is in the oval office. The bankers (The Fed) tell our treasury what and how much to print and charges the government (We the people) interest on that money right out of the gate – huge racket there. The whole thing is a scam. The reason we left the gold standard is so they could do exactly what they are doing..and keep the bulk of us getting up and going to work.

      July 6, 2013 at 6:55 pm | Reply
      • Archon

        supposed to be a response to The Maeven above.

        July 6, 2013 at 6:57 pm |
      • Pete

        @Archon,you can't expect this debt with interest bud to go down anytime soon because the past administration put all his past dealings with 2 unfunded wars,Medicare Part D,tax breaks and 800,000 a month on unemployement on the government charge card and Pres.Obama got stuck with it and as you know is trying to pay it off..Remember being responsible is not only using that charge card but being financially responsible for having the income to pay it off and Bushs tax cuts didn't help our debt problems at all either just excelerating the debt skyward that's all..Remember it was Pres.Clinton also a democrate that left a surplus that Bush was happy to give away instead of putting it away for a rainy day didn't he!!Now we're paying for his mistakes and republicans here are the first to deny it aren't they!!

        July 7, 2013 at 7:51 pm |

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