February 6th, 2012
05:44 PM ET

Calls for U.S. to cut aid to Egypt

As Egypt presses ahead with the prosecution of 19 American NGO workers, the Obama administration is hearing a bi-partisan plea from Capitol Hill to re-think the $1.4 billion in U.S. aid to Egypt.  Chris Lawrence reports.

Filed under: Congress • Egypt • Security Clearance on TV
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  1. UShaslostITSmind

    the aid we give Egypt is nothing compared to what we give Israehell. even compared to the size and population of Egypt.

    February 7, 2012 at 3:59 pm | Reply
  2. UShaslostITSmind

    Yea' and Israel is leading US into another war and no concern about it? Americans have become raving lunatics.

    February 7, 2012 at 3:57 pm | Reply
  3. Ambitoos

    Let,s continue to work to free our people and then get the hell out of there. No more aid to cutthrote nations. They hate the US just the same as the rest of the Arab nations. You can't deal with crazy people.

    February 7, 2012 at 2:15 pm | Reply
  4. mipolitic

    19 americans detained because of obamas weakness. the usa money is not an issue putin in russia will gladly meet that for a little thing called the suez. if obama was respected by world leaders his voice of resolve would stand ,but after obama began talks with the taliban his voice lost all respect and obamas words fell on deaf ears.

    February 7, 2012 at 9:02 am | Reply
    • robroy

      ah you Americans,giving high fives an thumbs up usually in Washington as the Arab uprising got rolling last spring.As things got steam rolling,people lost tract of "oh shit,whats going to happen immediately after this ? "You know like the events that happened after the fall of Saddamn an we all know how the body count went there.Oh yes and now there's Syria,their dying by the thousands while the rest of the world sticks their trigger finger up their ass.Apparently having no oil reserves and their government backing Arab groups that don't meet your interests in the middle east puts all those Syrian civilians as collateral damage in the eyes of some governments.

      February 7, 2012 at 1:28 pm | Reply
      • Jesse

        ROFL so true, if Syria had oil we'd have helped months ago

        February 7, 2012 at 3:24 pm |
  5. 4commonsensenow

    Yeah I read " how to win and influence people' too. Doesnt always work. Like an angry person on assistance for too long, that gave up trying to do for themselves, cut them off. Your not helping.

    February 7, 2012 at 7:51 am | Reply
  6. KaraOK

    Every country in the OIC should be cut off from all aid, and have their accounts frozen.

    February 7, 2012 at 3:27 am | Reply
  7. donjgen

    It was thought that getting rid of Mubarack was the problem. He was justt one piece of the regime. The security forces are still the same and will be until they adopt a rule of law that respects everybody's rights regardless of political opinion. If they want America out we should leave. Eygpt has for decades had a good relationship with the West, but if the political winds change then so be it. it is ironic that Mubarack established good relationships with the U. S. and the West while he denied his people human rights. Now the military clings to power for what ever reason, and they still have problems repecting the rule of law. It really shows how unprepared and incapable the military is in ruling the country. Militaries fight wars and protect countries, and are not good at ruling countries. It looks like they are going down a course of being isolated which will lead to economic hardship. They don't have oil like many countries in the region.
    Now Mubarak is gone the relationship with the West does not seem as important. The military are calling the shots now and must not be very happy that the West did not support him in times of trouble. I'm not sure why we should be giving Eygpt so much money.

    February 7, 2012 at 12:57 am | Reply
  8. rajeev


    February 6, 2012 at 10:11 pm | Reply
  9. egyptian

    i am an Egyptian citizen and really we cannot care less take your money but leave us free sorry but you cannot buy Egypt by a few dollars

    February 6, 2012 at 10:04 pm | Reply
    • John Patterson

      Ok. Lets cut all aid, cut air travel in and out of Egypt and the US. Discourage Americans from visiting Egypt for any reason. Also while we are at it, cancel any visas for Egyptian students attending US universities and send those that are here home. Good luck guys, can leave you alone.

      February 6, 2012 at 10:11 pm | Reply
      • Hannibal7

        Exactly right. The U.S. should hold back every good or service... no aid, no medicine no machinery, no doctors. No arms and not a dime more in aid of any kind. All Egyptian students must pack up and leave in 48 hours or we will put them in jail – gitmo- as potential terrorists.
        We need to back out of the Middle East and let them kill each other off.... in the name of Allah, of course. They do it so well.

        February 7, 2012 at 5:10 am |
      • egyptian

        u look to it from only your strong points but look on the other points israel national security in danger surronded by turkey iran egypt and look also to suez canal and also to sooooo many countries like russia and china who have a great opportunity to deal with egyptian military from my point of view we are not that weak as u think also many arab countries(oil countries) are our friends our tourism especially last year was affected so we delt with russia so to analyze something look at all points of strength not only yours u need egypt that"s why you are giving money

        February 7, 2012 at 12:37 pm |
    • granny25

      EGYPTIAN – The USA sends BILLIONS of dollars to Egypt every year. You do need us, you just wont admit it. But I agree with you to a point – we should spend this money to help the out-of-work and sick people in MY COUNTRY first, not yours. Anyway – all this foreign aid we provide to you is not appreciated..........its taken for granted.

      February 7, 2012 at 7:30 am | Reply
      • granny25


        February 7, 2012 at 7:32 am |
  10. Eric

    Oh good... so that means it wont hurt wen we take our billions away from this third world dictatorship and save us some tax dollars.

    February 6, 2012 at 8:00 pm | Reply
  11. mipolitic

    sorry never ever happen it would play into putins hand for the suez. i wish it would happen , stop the money , but that would take guts, and after what happened in syria , i would not bet on it.

    February 6, 2012 at 7:56 pm | Reply
  12. Hahahahahahaha

    Why stop at Egypt? Hahahahahahaha

    February 6, 2012 at 6:50 pm | Reply
  13. Portland tony

    I'm fairly sure that loss of $1.3B in aid would be more than made up for by a country or countries that wished to sell Egypt arms. Russia...China...are two..I'm sure there are more who wish to influence Egypt diplomatically. Iran, Turkey, Israel, Saudi Arabia etc...So Egypt is in a position to tell the US to take your cash and stuff it!

    February 6, 2012 at 6:00 pm | Reply

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