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July 18, 2013

Don't give Egypt a blank check


“(Morsi) made some catastrophic mistakes, that must be said,” said 26-year-old Mohamed Adel Ismail to al-Jazeera last week. “But my understanding of democracy is you allow him to rule and fail and then vote him out.”

U.S. Deputy Secretary of State William Burns, in visiting Egypt this week, said “we will not try to impose our model on Egypt,” insisting he wasn’t there “to lecture anyone” or offer “American solutions.”

But to believe Burns is to ignore the billions of dollars Egypt receives in U.S. military aid, which has long been a thumb on the scales of Egyptian politics. President Barack Obama last week ordered the Pentagon to review such aid, and would do well to consider permanently reducing it, because the reins of power in Egypt could change hands quickly and unpredictably in the future.




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