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By John R. Bolton
Reality calls for attaching Gaza to Egypt and the West Bank to Jordan
Topic - Mohamed Morsi
Secretary of State John F. Kerry said Wednesday that the Obama administration will soon decide on whether to resume military aid to Egypt, including Apache helicopters key to counterterrorism operations in the lawless Sinai Peninsula that abuts Israel.
At least ten people were killed in clashes Tuesday as Egyptians voted for the first time since the military ousted the Muslim Brotherhood's Mohamed Morsi, Reuters has said.
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.
Rep. Mike Rogers said Sunday that the Egyptian military is a stabilizing force and should continue to receive U.S. aid, despite its role in deposing a democratically elected government.
One of the acts that would eventually spark the War for American Independence was when the British government authorized Writs of Assistance to British officers in the colonies.
Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi refused to resign Wednesday and a top adviser described developments in the North African nation as a "military coup," as a military deadline to defuse the political crisis expired.
John R. Bolton, a former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, said the United States made a strategic error in pushing former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak from power, and now must pay the consequences of a Muslim Brotherhood-backed government that isn't friendly to Western interests.
Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi and his army generals headed for a showdown Wednesday as they vowed to spill their blood for the country hours before the clock ran out on a military ultimatum Wednesday. The Islamist leader and the opposition were told to defuse a political crisis that has entered its fourth day.
Responding to the escalating anti-government protests in Egypt, President Obama warned Monday that there could be more violence and urged people on both sides of the uprising to "show restraint."
The United States sent four more top-of-the-line F-16 fighter jets to Egypt on Thursday, as part of a foreign aid promise that critics blast as aid for an anti-Israel entity.
A senior State Department official raised concern Monday that "freedom of expression is being stifled" in Egypt, where recent days saw authorities detain and question a popular television comedian on charges of insulting Islam and the nation's former Muslim Brotherhood president.
Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated government recently allowed members of the Brotherhood and hardline jihadists to join Egypt's military academy for the first time as part of what U.S. officials say is a covert effort to impose Islamist rule in the key Middle East state.
Egypt's Coptic Christian pope is coming out in strong opposition to the nation's Islamist leadership, calling the new constitution discriminatory, especially toward Christians, and openly criticizing President Mohammed Morsi for religious remarks.
Egypt's Islamist president turned aside repeated criticism of his past comments referring to Jews as "the descendants of apes and pigs" as he visited Germany on Wednesday, insisting that the remarks were taken out of context and were aimed at criticizing Israeli attacks on Palestinians.
As Egypt continues its tumultuous transition to democracy two years after the Arab Spring swept strongman President Hosni Mubarak from power, Washington must weigh its next moves carefully.
"Ultimately, though, this will be the Egyptians' task," he said.
Mr. Reed said that the military must move to be "inclusive," unlike, he said, ousted President Mohamed Morsi.