February 9th, 2011
05:16 PM ET

Saudi Arabia considers matching U.S. military aid to Egypt

To alleviate U.S. pressure on the Egyptian army, Saudi Arabia would consider matching the estimated $1.5 billion the United States provides Egypt in military aid each year if Washington decides to cut its aid to the troubled North African nation, an Arab diplomat says.

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  1. GTL

    How about we mind our own business? Every country sinks or swims on their own. If you're garbage lands on our shores then we pummel you further into the stone age.

    February 9, 2011 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • slc

      How about you realize this isn't the 19th century and today's world is connected inextricably through globalization. All those cheap goods you buy in the USA would be far, far more expensive if you reverted to isolationism.

      February 9, 2011 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Adnan

      Another Nail.

      February 9, 2011 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • mc

      Is it just me??? Why would the Saudi's want to match our aid to Egypt if we cut our "donations"? If we cut our aid to Egypt in half and the Saudi's match it.... What has been accomplished? We spend less?? Why wouldn't we jump on that?!?!?!

      February 9, 2011 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rao

      Wish it was that easy. If US does not keep these countries on it's side, they will ditch dollar and go to euro or yuan. US can no longer print dollars the way we do now and beg for foreign exchange like others.

      February 9, 2011 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • darb

      No... He's correct, actually . A more isolated stance is only pricey in the short term.. in the long term, we can build jobs, become more efficient, and be the masters of our own destiny .. globalization is NOT a cure for capitalism .. it may be its demise.

      February 9, 2011 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • roy

      We tried Isolation before. Right after WW1. We had a depression that didn't end until WW2. The only way we clawed ourselves out of said depression was because we supplied the world with cars and other manufactured goods. It also helped that all other industrial countries manufacturing capabilities were destroyed. Point being isolation didn't help us.

      February 9, 2011 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • darb

      And. . You think that caused the depression? Break out your history books , we rose as an economic power in the 1800's..long before the depression.

      February 9, 2011 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tom

      Bailouts!!! I smell BAILOUTS!! ha ha ha

      February 9, 2011 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • sonya

      Typical Saudi response.... they would love to see Egypt controlled by ruthless dictators because democracy will not leave one single ruler in the Middle East!!

      February 9, 2011 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • kapla

      Well US might be in trouble if it starts isolating it self from the rest of the world. you are right things would be much more expensive if we stop foreign trade with dictators. After all there is no more natives we can steal the land from, or chinese immigrants we can exploit or blacks we can enslave.....we might have to get off our fat white butt and work for what we want to have...

      February 9, 2011 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse |
  2. RUFFNUTT

    i wonder how many kids we could send to school with that kinda money?

    February 9, 2011 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Glee fan

      Yes that is right. How many countries does the United States fund for military purposes? Humanitarian purpose I understand, however we have poor parts in Tge US that need better education and structural face lift.

      February 9, 2011 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • ylper

      US aid to Isreal is around 3 billion dollars a year....how many children can we send to school for that money? remember this 3 billion dollars the next time you have to pay taxes....

      February 9, 2011 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • jop

      It's about how much Illinois owes to state employee pensions. Think what we could do if we defunded gov't pensions and made them work to retirement age and then go on social security/medicare

      February 9, 2011 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
  3. GTL

    I'm guessing we could pay off that massive debt incurred by Bushie and Obama, if we ended all foreign aid for a couple years. That will happen the second someone other than a (R) or (D) takes office.

    February 9, 2011 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ted

      Foreign aid only accounts for 1% of the federal budget, so cutting it does little for the deficit and weakens our international influence. 🙁

      February 9, 2011 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Skeiron

      Not really, the foreign aid is rather negligible, if you want to cut costs you should rather have a look at your military budget which is multiple times more money and probably where one could save easily some bucks^^

      February 9, 2011 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Rasim Moid

    These so called "Aid Packages" are a kiss of death.

    February 9, 2011 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • ikala

      And how do we elect other than R or D? Get real. Aid is provided to maintain stability in those countries. How they use the money, is anther story for some other time. As for the Saudis providing aid, they also benefit by having a stable country next door.

      February 9, 2011 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Irwin

    One dictatorship helping another! Hopefully the people of both countries will take things in their own hands.

    February 9, 2011 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Edward Alvarez

      yes Irwin, that's how I see it and they're making things more complicated in Egypt. This won't solve the problem

      February 10, 2011 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  6. gunsmoke

    That's really ignorant.

    February 9, 2011 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Kacy

    Why are we providing military aid? Thought the government was the problem...?

    February 9, 2011 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Samson

      What you really should be asking is: Why are Americans so invest in protecting Israel? That's the real question.

      February 9, 2011 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Kilgary

    Saudi Arabia knows if the dictatorship in Egypt truly falls, they are the next domino in line.

    February 9, 2011 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • kpf

      Come on, funding the military isn't going to do anything politically except cause egypt to gravitate towards the saudis. The government isn't using the military to stay in power; in fact if they couldnt pay the military salaries it would increase the instability. The military isn't the root of all evil; that statement holds no water.

      February 9, 2011 at 7:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Edward Alvarez

      I honestly think that will eventually happen once Mubarak is gone. Arabs awakening!

      February 10, 2011 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Sam

    Well if we stopped providing military aid, and Saudi Arabia took over that actually might be a better way to help stabilize a region, it would give the Saudi's a bit more control in that neck of the woods.

    February 9, 2011 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
  10. gunsmoke

    You people believe everything that is printed. Lol

    February 9, 2011 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • RUFFNUTT

      unless i see it on tv first

      February 9, 2011 at 7:54 pm | Report abuse |
  11. SFC Mike

    lmao, yes, cut foreign aid and retire the debt. What a joke – look up the numbers. Total US annual foreign aid of all types is less than 0.1 percent of current national debt. Most foreign aid isn't a cash giveaway, it's credits for purchase of goods from US companies. The vast majority of foreign aid to Egypt is military, and the majority of that is in the form of sales to US products to the Egyptian military.

    In case you weren't aware, we're now in the 21st century. Countries stopped sinking or swimming on their own about a hundred years ago. We live in a global economy, and our standard of living is dependent on relative stability of major global commodity prices, starting with, you guessed it, OIL. We don't provide aid to Egypt out of altruism, we do it to stabilize the region (compared to what it would likely be otherwise) and we do that to stabilize the price of OIL.

    We "mind our own business" as GTL put it, and you can watch the US economy and standard of living decline far worse than what you've seen in the last three years.

    February 9, 2011 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • blackcloud1947

      Most civilans don't know what GNP is, let alone how the global market works.(unfortunatly they're gonna get a crash course in it pretty quickly.) I think most baby boomers understand where your coming from and see the same options available to us to solve them. I'll be interrested in seeing the real world solutions they can come up with!!

      February 9, 2011 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Chance Wayne

    We owe so much money as a country that we can't possibly afford to give aid as we have in the past. Also, let's face it – the aid we give these days doesn't even come from us. It's from China, the country our idiot leaders are making us indentured servants to. Even though Saudi Arabia would be doing it to stick it to us, let them foot the bill.

    February 9, 2011 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Bleh

    They're a kiss of death to our economy, all right! Why is it the US is criticized for helping/not helping the rest of the world??? No matter what we do, we're hated...and it's starting to get to the point where the ones WE really hate are all the fat-cat bureaucrats of our own gov't!! It's time we stop policing the world and start cleaning our own messes here in the US! Enough, already!

    February 9, 2011 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
  14. RUFFNUTT

    how about buy every family a chevy volt in the usa, we have plenty of coal.. wouldn't that cut down the oil need?

    February 9, 2011 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Chance Wayne

    We owe so much money as a country that we can't possibly afford to give aid as we have in the past. Also, let's face it – the aid we give these days doesn't even come from us. It's from China, the country our idiot leaders are making us indentured servants to. Even though Saudi Arabia would be doing it to stick it to us, let them foot the bill. In fact, let that whole region take care of it's neighbors. They've all been killing each other long before there was a USA anyway. Why do we have to be the referees all the time? We have alternatives for oil. Always have. We do NOT need them.

    February 9, 2011 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
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