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By Michael P. Orsi
Edward Snowden should declare his patriotism in court
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Egyptian Military
Muslim Brotherhood supporters of deposed former Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi forced a best-selling Egyptian novelist out of a Paris conference he was featured in Wednesday.
Was it madness, strategic illiteracy or personal sympathy for the Muslim Brotherhood that prompted Wednesday's startling announcement that President Obama has decided to slash American support to the Egyptian military? Whatever the rationale, his spectacularly ill-advised decision reverses a generation of American statecraft and threatens the peace of an already unstable region.
The Obama administration said Wednesday it is suspending hundreds of millions of dollars of military aid, including the delivery of defense equipment and cash, to Egypt in an attempt to nudge the interim government in Cairo to pave the way for an inclusive, democratically elected government.
A senior Muslim Brotherhood official who, until recently, had been employed by the William J. Clinton Foundation was arrested in Cairo on Tuesday and charged with inciting violence.
I am increasingly bewildered as to which politician, Sen. John McCain, Arizona Republican, or President Obama, is seeking recognition in this year's Neville Chamberlain award competition ("Calls grow louder in Congress to make good on threat, cut aid to Egyptian military," Web, Aug. 18).
I can't see why there's debate and hand-wringing over continuing U.S. aid to Egypt's military ("Calls grow louder in Congress to make good on threat, cut aid to Egyptian military," Web, Aug. 18).
Political strife pushes passions past reason, and collateral damage to innocents is the rule. In Egypt, where civil war is brewing, the Muslim Brotherhood is conducting a pogrom against Coptic Christians.
Saudi Arabia's surprising decision to support Egypt's military leaders in their bloody crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood has split the Arab world in two.
The U.S. Department issued a quick denial to Monday media reports that claimed a halt to funding for Egypt, but then failed to clarify: Is America going to send aid after all?
The Pentagon said Tuesday that it still providing aid to Egypt's army, despite reports that U.S. military assistance has been halted amid the ongoing crisis in the North African country.
Republican lawmakers are split over whether the U.S. should cut off aid to Egypt amid spiraling violence.
It was only a momentary interruption of his vacation in the oh-so-tony climes of Martha's Vineyard. As the death toll from Egyptian riots topped 500, President Obama took it upon himself to call for restraint on both sides, neither of which appeared to be listening.
Is the removal of Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi a good thing? The jury is still out. Unfortunately, the actions of the Egyptian military in trying to quell the continued disturbances and protests by Mr. Morsi's followers are further muddying the waters.
The Middle East pro-democracy movement hailed over the past two years as the Arab Spring was transformed Wednesday when the military junta now controlling Egypt opened a bloody assault on protesters — a Tiananmen Square-style crackdown that seemed to expose the limits of American diplomatic power to pursue lofty goals once envisioned for the region.
An active duty Army officer is urging a thorough house cleaning of Army generals and a restructuring of the service after more than a decade of leadership failures.