First on CNN: US may call off military exercise with Egypt
Supporters of deposed Egyptian President Mohammed Morsy throw rocks while taking cover among debris during a violent crackdown by Egyptian Security Forces on a pro-Morsy sit-in demonstration at the Rabaa al-Adweya Mosque in the Nasr City district on August 14, 2013 in Cairo, Egypt.
August 14th, 2013
04:12 PM ET

First on CNN: US may call off military exercise with Egypt

By Barbara Starr

The United States may cancel a major military training exercise with Egypt due in part to worsening violence there, an Obama administration official told CNN.

Bright Star, planned for next month, would involve thousands of American air and ground forces.

Held every two years, it has long been considered vital for demonstrating U.S. military ability to deploy to the Middle East in the event of war.

Recent violence, especially the killing of protestors in Cairo on Wednesday, is factoring into new thinking on whether to participate, the official said.

The official declined to be identified due to the sensitive nature of the discussions within the administration but has direct knowledge of what is being considered.

"The situation in Egypt is prompting these discussions about how to proceed," the official said.

A decision is expected within days.

Clashes between Egyptian security forces and supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsy made Wednesday the country's bloodiest day since the 2011 revolution that removed the previous president, Hosni Mubarak.

Bright Star did not occur that year due to politically fueled unrest.

Several other countries have participated in the past, but it not clear which might do so this year regardless of whether the United States pulls out.

If the Pentagon decides to pass, it is likely to be described as a postponement. But it is unlikely another exercise would be scheduled before 2015.

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  3. tarryd

    My jaw dropped this morning at the presentation on Egypt. The information was thin and at times very much not the full story. I felt like I was listening to a spokesperson for the Brotherhood at times. Painting them as martyrs almost. Making it sound as if Cairo was burning. Remember the overthro of Morsi was a popular majority revolution. I know Egypt and have been getting daily calls from Egyptian friends and American friends living there. life in most parts goes on People go to restaurants, coffee houses and to visit friends. They are worried and fear for the future, but no longer support the Brothers.

    We contribute 1.5 billion annually. The Gulf States over 15 billion this year. That should answer the question of influence.

    Egypt needs time. The Brotherhood over reached and did not provide what the people demanded: jobs, reasonably priced food, and fairness. They should have followed the advice of many brothers and stuck with running parliament for a few years. But after 95 years in the wilderness they could not resist temptation.

    It will take time for Egyptians to find the government they want, just as it took our nation in the beginning. I listened to CNN this morning. I have never heard so much blather about returning to a democracy that never existed. One election does not a democracy make. The talk was all about the poor Brotherhood as if they were now martyrs for democracy. They are not angels. And they certainly aren't Jeffersonian democrats.

    Neither is the military. But the vast majority in Egypt right now are desperate for stability and an improved economy. The popular uprising that dispatched Morisi was a majority. But the Islamists fought back and finally the military had little choice. What happened was brutal but not completely one sided. The Brothers had their own weapons and fought fire with fire.

    Finally we have to remember there are things we simply do not and should not try to control. Like other countries. They will in the 21st century carve out their own destiny. Teddy R was right....Speak softy (and carry a big stick)!

    August 15, 2013 at 11:13 am | Reply
  4. MaryM

    The U.S. should stay out of other countries and let them solve their own problems. Period

    August 15, 2013 at 10:36 am | Reply
    • George patton

      Well put, MaryM. Thank you.

      August 15, 2013 at 12:48 pm | Reply
  5. mojacar

    morsi doesn't perform as American had expected, American sends jets and more arms to Egyptian military ,voila ,military crackdown .what is Americas master plan for the region ?

    August 15, 2013 at 8:25 am | Reply
  6. Nisreen

    What is happening in Egypt is now an internal matter and we are the people of Egypt Judges commissioned Egypt army and police the elimination of the terrorist group will not allow any State whatever to intervene in this matter Egypt is Her sovereign state...
    بالفرنسية

    Qu'est-ce qui se passe en Egypte est maintenant une affaire interne et nous sommes le peuple de l'Egypte juges a commandé l'armée Egypte et de la police de l'élimination du groupe terroriste ne permettra pas un État que ce soit à intervenir dans cette affaire l'Egypte est son Etat souverain

    بالالمانية
    Was in Ägypten geschieht, ist nun eine interne Angelegenheit, und wir sind die Menschen in Ägypten Richter beauftragt Ägypten Armee und Polizei die Beseitigung der terroristischen Vereinigung wird nicht zulassen, jeden Staat, was in dieser Angelegenheit zu intervenieren Ägypten Ihr souveräner Staat ist

    بالاسبانية
    Lo que está sucediendo en Egipto es ahora un asunto interno y nosotros el pueblo de Jueces Egipto Egipto encargó ejército y la policía de la eliminación de la banda terrorista no permitirá que ningún Estado lo que para intervenir en este asunto Egipto es su Estado soberano

    بالتركية
    Ne Mısır'da oluyor şimdi bir iç meselesidir ve biz Mısır Hakimler insanlar Mısır Onun egemen bir devlet ne olursa olsun bu konuda müdahale Mısır ordusu ve polis terör örgütü ortadan kaldırılması herhangi bir devlet izin vermez devreye

    بالايطالية
    Quello che sta accadendo in Egitto è ormai una questione interna e noi siamo il popolo d'Egitto Giudici commissionato Egitto esercito e la polizia l'eliminazione del gruppo terroristico non permetteranno uno Stato qualunque sia di intervenire in questa materia l'Egitto è il suo stato sovrano

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    August 15, 2013 at 7:34 am | Reply
  7. Nisreen

    Hundreds were tortured to death in those two evil sit ins. Corpses were found underground. People who were staying there by force bec they were not allowed to take their IDs back, can finally go back to their homes. Residents at those 2 area can finally get into their houses, can breathe at last... So pls, those who talk about human rights, democracy, bla bla bla,,, pls stay away, mind your own business, and go watch some Abu ghareeb vidoes on the youtube,,, you'll definetaley learn a lot about human rights...!!! If I'm to feel sorry and bad for human loss, it's for all offices, forces, soldiers who died while trying to protect our country from those devils..

    August 15, 2013 at 7:18 am | Reply
    • Nooman Mufti

      Where do you get your news ? The Cartoon network ??
      More than 500 people in the pro-Morsi camps died (so far official government figure, while the actual number is in the thousands...). In contrast only 40 people from your uniformed goons died....Even if 1 % of the people in the camp had guns, which they probably didn't...do you call all these innocent people including cameramen and journalists from SkyNews and Gulf news as terrorists ? (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-23700044)....they were killed by sniper fire (probably from the top of buldings)
      Shame on you for expressing joy at the killing of your fellow Egyptians. The day may not be far when you will decry the policies of your coup government and they will do the same to you!

      August 15, 2013 at 10:21 am | Reply
      • Anon

        Nooman, no we get our info from reliable sources that doesn't tamper with images or fake photos of dead children from the syrian crisis and try to stick on the egyptian army. So you might as well raise a flag and say you're on mars or Jupiter cause no one on planet earth is gonna believe the same hogwash again

        August 15, 2013 at 10:26 am |
      • Nooman Mufti

        I get my news from BBC and CNN while you get your news from the butchers of the protestors and the offsprings and cronies of Mubarak....I even gave you links to the images and interviews of people including women and children killed by your butchers. Again, SHAME ON YOU FOR DEFENDING MURDERERS. I don't agrew with everything the MB did, but I can recognize mass murder when it is right in front of my eyes.

        NOT CARTOON NETWORK:

        http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-23691571

        http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/egypt-crackdown-troops-thought-to-be-targeting-media/article5025298.ece

        http://edition.cnn.com/2013/08/15/world/meast/egypt-protests/index.html?hpt=hp_t1

        AGAIN SHAME ON YOU FOR ENJOYING THIS MASS MURDER. I WOULD NOT EVEN CONDONE THIS KIND OF VIOLENCE EVEN FOR MY ENEMIES

        August 15, 2013 at 10:40 am |
      • Anon

        Well they aren't my cronies pal, yet it seems you're so keen on making the public see those doctored photos you got off of God knows what website.
        Why can't you just accept the fact that the MB are terrorists and no mass murder occurred cause 43 police officers lost their lives against 149 of the MB extremists whether they be hamas or some other terrorist cell

        August 15, 2013 at 10:48 am |
      • Nooman Mufti

        I got these doctored photos from CNN, the very website you are commenting on right now, pal....

        CNN and BBC both of which are reputed news organizations have media personnel on the ground taking these 'doctored' photos. If you think they are doctored, stop commenting on the CNN website to write your posts since its one of the news agencies getting these 'fake' photos!

        August 15, 2013 at 10:57 am |
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        Try n stop me bob

        August 15, 2013 at 11:22 am |
  8. Nisreen

    What is happening in Egypt is now an internal matter and we are the people of Egypt Judges commissioned Egypt army and police the elimination of the terrorist group will not allow any State whatever to intervene in this matter Egypt is Her sovereign state...

    August 15, 2013 at 7:01 am | Reply
  9. Anon

    What do the Egyptian people have to do to make the world understand that they would like to be ruled by a puppet in a major terrorist cell?

    Do you watch anything but CNN? cause obviously real news is elsewhere.

    August 15, 2013 at 2:12 am | Reply
  10. Random

    I think everyone over in that side of the world understands if we ever declared war, not the policing the world politically correct stuff we have been doing but actually declare a war we can pretty much do whatever we want. A real war will happen and when it does I dont think anyone will question if we can get there or not.
    That said, tons of people are about to die over there and there is nothing we can do about it. Going over now only invites bad press. They are busy killing each other. That can get out of hand fast. Who is going to believe you (gov in general at the moment) now regardless of if you were involved in whatever horrific thing comes out of there next. Probably get a real world 'practice' before 2015 any how.
    These are the same people who padlocked a stadium exit and slaughtered people whose views opposed them . No good is going to come of it.

    August 15, 2013 at 1:20 am | Reply
    • Random

      Effectively, this scenario of all out war is exactly what we have practiced for 75 years. If we ever again have an enemy dumb enough to put on a uniform and form ranks we will utterly slaughter them in less than a week they know it too. This is why they are all insurgents and must draw us to them to inflict real sustained damage. China is beating us with economy, russia with exports, both are capable of this kind of war but chose different , arguably more effective methods. The part ofthe world in question knows that is a lost cause. They will build wmd, and fight an insurgent guerilla war until they have the means of a decisive blow. You will likely never get to respond to the kind of situation you prep for anyway.

      August 15, 2013 at 1:31 am | Reply
    • Anon

      I really think that this is none of your business or anyone's business other than the people of Egypt. If you want democracy then stop trying to pull strings to let one side overpower the will of 40 million people who took to the streets to say "Enough is Enough" the Egyptian people had it with this radical regime "which in the first place was considered as a terrorist cell that was fought against for several years back in the 90s".

      They are also the same group of cut throats that killed Americans, Swiss, French citizens all around the globe; so it is astonishing to see anyone sympathize with them when it comes to them being in power by force.

      August 15, 2013 at 2:06 am | Reply
      • Jesus is Love

        Very well said. They people have indeed had enough and what's with the comment above: especially the killing of protestors in Cairo, KILLING? who started the KILLING? the pro morsi's did. If you hold a gun and starting shooting at people, then don't be surprised if you get shot!! Morsi and his Muslim brotherhood are a bunch of terrorists who don't care about their country and who have given Islam a very bad name. If they'd love their country, they wouldn't burn churches and building down in the name of their "allah". God is love and not war.

        August 15, 2013 at 4:41 am |
      • Random

        You are so brainwashed to hate americans you don't even realize I'm saying no good can possibly come from doing it.

        That is the problem with all you egyptians. We try to help you and you bite us. I say screw all of you. Cut aid, let the place do to itself what it wants. In a few months we will be looking at Cairo before and after sat images just like Syria, because that is what islam really is. Im tired of paying for you guys to slaughter each other.

        August 15, 2013 at 10:15 am |
    • mojacar

      you could stop killing heads of state and arming mercenaries to overthrow these countries

      August 15, 2013 at 8:26 am | Reply
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    Egypt is merely Darwinism at its finest hour!!

    August 15, 2013 at 12:22 am | Reply
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  13. dmf

    The U. S . NATO countries and Middle East should use their influence on Egyptian Armed forces to release all political prisoners asap . The civilian interim government should expanded to include president Morsi 's party 's elected folks , with key positions to restore peace , law and order in Egypt .

    August 14, 2013 at 10:01 pm | Reply
  14. Jrthuk Fftyuk

    Do Egyptions like to see themselfs as a international welfair state with a would be privet sector instaled military...

    August 14, 2013 at 9:39 pm | Reply
  15. helenecha

    Basically, fire fighting exercise and the rescue operations are always needed for the military. Is Egyptian military going to give up them all?

    August 14, 2013 at 9:01 pm | Reply
  16. George patton

    what is wrong with Saudi arabs? are they not muslim enough to overthrow their Royal dictators?

    August 14, 2013 at 8:10 pm | Reply
    • LT Fang

      #1 reason for the uprising: economy.
      Saudi is still making a killing from oil.

      August 14, 2013 at 9:18 pm | Reply
  17. justino

    another foreign policy failure of the current US administration

    August 14, 2013 at 8:04 pm | Reply
    • Pete

      @justino,and what foriegn policy failed that this president inacted..He can't hold every governments hand and make sure like a young child that it does everything right..Pres.Obama just wanted what Egypt and others want a free country that has elected officials that the populus voted there..Something wrong with that,justino!

      August 14, 2013 at 8:57 pm | Reply
      • dean

        I don't understand these right wing nuts that can't stand to see Obama succeed. He has done everything in his power to wind down the two useless wars we were thrown into and has managed to keep American soldiers out of these NEW hell holes popping up all over the Middle East. WHAT MORE DO THEY WANT????????????

        August 15, 2013 at 2:23 am |
      • Pete

        @Dean,please what you don't seem to understand is republicans the draft dodging warmongers want business for their MIC masters the ones that fill their pockets..No war Dean means no kickbacks to republicans ,others and if Pres.Obama sticks to his guns we'll be out of Afghanistan and a war for the first time in over 12-14 years right!!Look up this nifty fact Dean that of all republicans now serving in both branches of government in senate,congress only about 30% ever served militarily when in actuality over 70% of democrates have served..That's why republicans are the warmongering MIC minions they are and the democrates are the peaceful, diplomatic ones because democrates have seen what republicans haven't in the death,destruction that war brings the part that republicans seem to run,hide from...Hey Dean republicans here seem to run from facts because they do hurt don't they!!

        August 15, 2013 at 10:34 am |
  18. ScudAg56

    I deployed for Bright Star 90, at the time considered an important exercise in US desert operations. Since the Gulf War, we've been over there in force anyway and know how to fight with our allies in the Middle East, so I think the exercise could be cancelled for the foreseeable future.

    August 14, 2013 at 7:57 pm | Reply
  19. Ldgjk Cfhkhj

    Is this going to be a coup or was the first last coup (which was not called a coup by US) going to be a coup after this next coup is happens. Why can't the failed imaginary state of israel survive emotionaly without owning the US who is then commanded through jewish campaign donors to control egypts imaginary military who holds out their hand saying pay us or else

    August 14, 2013 at 7:18 pm | Reply
  20. George patton

    Now that's a bad call; we're just going to miss an golden opportunity to drop live amos on terrorists and call it accident later. Think again Obama !!!

    August 14, 2013 at 6:24 pm | Reply
    • George patton

      Come what may Phunnie boy, the U.S. will never cut off financial aid to Egypt as it will stop at nothing to keep on controlling that country. If the Assad regime falls in Syria, the right-wing hope to have the Middle East in their pockets but let's all hope that doesn't happen!!! Did you notice how the right-wing thugs refrained from calling the recent coup d'etat in Egypt what it was, Phunnie boy? How can a coup d'etat not be a coup d'etat? Just more right-wing, bureaucratic doubletalk!!!

      August 14, 2013 at 7:17 pm | Reply
      • Anon

        I think you only feel comfortable calling it a coup since you are blinded by what the media shows you and not the fact that 40 million people took to the streets to ask the president to step down cause he is more or less the puppet president of a terrorist organization.

        August 15, 2013 at 2:10 am |
  21. Portland tony

    As if the Egyptian military doesn't have enough on its plate right now Plus it probably wouldn't look PC to most Egyptians?

    August 14, 2013 at 5:16 pm | Reply
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