U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will use waiver authority to allow for a restarting of military aid to Egypt's military without having to affirm that the military is committed to a transition to civilian rule, according to a statement issued by Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT).
In a statement issued on Thursday, Leahy said he was "disappointed" by the decision:
"I know Secretary Clinton wants the democratic transition in Egypt to succeed, but by waiving the conditions we send a contradictory message. The Egyptian military should be defending fundamental freedoms and the rule of law, not harassing and arresting those who are working for democracy. They should end trials of civilians in military courts and fully repeal the Emergency Law, and our policy should not equivocate on these key reforms. Now that Secretary Clinton has decided to use the law’s waiver authority, she should use the flexibility the law provides and release no more taxpayer funds than is demonstrably necessary, withholding the rest in the Treasury pending further progress in the transition to democracy.”