Activists fear Egyptian military is crushing hopes from revolution

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However, the Council on Foreign RelationsMr. Cook said the Obama administration has no option other than to deal with the military council, which holds executive power.

“The United States is caught betwixt and between on this issue, … but I don’t think Washington has any illusions about the military,” he said.

“At the moment, the Obama administration is confronted with an ineffective civilian interim government and a rather large number of disorganized and inchoate political parties.”

Egypt is one of the largest recipients of U.S. aid, with the military getting about $1.3 billion annually. That alone gives the United States significant leverage with the military and should be considered when putting pressure on the military council to facilitate a democratic transition, analysts and pro-democracy activists say.

The revolution set high expectations among Egyptians, raising the propensity for frustration.

“We all have a stake in seeing that Egypt emerges strongly from its political transition and that it can play its traditional leading role in regional stability,” Mr. Clay said.

“But this is going to take time, persistence and patience, and it’s often hard to be patient when there’s so much pent-up demand and hope for a better future.”

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About the Author
Ashish Kumar Sen

Ashish Kumar Sen

Ashish Kumar Sen is a reporter covering foreign policy and international developments for The Washington Times.

Prior to joining The Times, Mr. Sen worked for publications in Asia and the Middle East. His work has appeared in a number of publications and online news sites including the British Broadcasting Corp., Asia Times Online and Outlook magazine.


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