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Leahy: US Has Suspended Military Aid To Egypt

Via the Daily Beast:

Senator: Obama Administration Secretly Suspended Military Aid to Egypt

By Josh Rogin | August 19, 2013

The U.S. government has decided privately to act as if the military takeover of Egypt was a coup, temporarily suspending most forms of military aid, despite deciding not to announce publicly a coup determination one way or the other, according to a leading U.S. senator.

In the latest example of its poorly understood Egypt policy, the Obama administration has decided to temporarily suspend the disbursement of most direct military aid, the delivery of weapons to the Egyptian military, and some forms of economic aid to the Egyptian government while it conducts a broad review of the relationship.

Is Obama’s Egypt policy "poorly understood" or just plain lousy?

The administration won’t publicly acknowledge all aspects of the aid suspension and maintains its rhetorical line that no official coup determination has been made, but behind the scenes, extensive measures to treat the military takeover of Egypt last month as a coup are being implemented on a temporary basis.

The office of Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT), the head of the Appropriations State and Foreign Operations Subcommittee, told The Daily Beast on Monday that military aid to Egypt has been temporarily cut off. “[Senator Leahy’s] understanding is that aid to the Egyptian military has been halted, as required by law,” said David Carle, a spokesman for Leahy.

So Obama gave this information to Leahy?

The administration’s public message is that $585 million of promised aid to the Egyptian military in fiscal 2013 is not officially on hold, as technically it is not due until Sept. 30, the end of the fiscal year, and no final decisions have been made.

“After sequestration withholding, approximately $585 million remains unobligated. So, that is the amount that is unobligated,” State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Monday. “But it would be inaccurate to say that a policy decision has been made with respect to the remaining assistance funding.”

But two administration officials told The Daily Beast that administration lawyers decided it was best to observe the law restricting military aid on a temporary basis, as if there had been a coup designation, while at the same time deciding that the law did not require a public announcement on whether a coup took place.

“The decision was we’re going to avoid saying it was a coup, but to stay on the safe side of the law, we are going to act as if the designation has been made for now,” said one administration official. “By not announcing the decision, it gives the administration the flexibility to reverse it.”

In other words, as usual Obama is saying one thing while doing another. In this case, Obama is ‘leaking’ something he would like his leftist constituents to believe, while his public stance is the opposite.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Tuesday, August 20th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “Leahy: US Has Suspended Military Aid To Egypt”

  1. What has happened in Egypt is by the very definition of the word a coup. Yet we wait to see what Obama has to say? Barry… is this coup a coup, or was it something else which would keep our options open. Shades of “man made workplace violence” as a definition for terrorist mass murder.

    There was a coup. And by law, after a coup all aid has to stop. PERIOD. The law doesn’t give Obama any wiggle room with which to help out his murderous buddies in the muslim brotherhood, so rather than obey established law, Obama redefines the word coup to give himself declaration power. If he doesn’t declare the coup a coup, then there wasn’t a coup. Reality depends on the word of ONE.

    We have given our will, our ability to think for ourselves, even our very existence over to the whims of government. We let others decide for us what’s real. We have no rights beyond what our overlords allow. Nothing exists unless Obama says it exists. If Obama were to deny the existence of the moon this morning, by 6:00pm tonight the media will have explained that the thing hanging in the night sky is the result of swamp gas and over active imaginations. And by tomorrow morning, belief in the existence of the moon will be relegated to fringe whack-jobs and the enemies of good-speak. How far we have fallen.

  2. “But two administration officials told The Daily Beast that administration lawyers decided it was best to observe the law restricting military aid on a temporary basis, as if there had been a coup designation, while at the same time deciding that the law did not require a public announcement on whether a coup took place.”

    Since when has ‘what the law says’ meant anything to this bunch?


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