What will the U.S. do about Egypt?
August 15th, 2013
04:26 AM ET

What will the U.S. do about Egypt?

When Egypt's first democratically elected president was tossed out earlier this year, the White House stopped short of calling it a coup.

Doing so would force an end to the $1.3 billion that the U.S. sends in military aid every year - and change the course of its relationship with one of its strongest Arab allies in the region.

But that was before Wednesday when the military-led interim government stormed two camps full of former President Mohamed Morsy's supporters. More than 300 people were killed and close to 3,000 wounded in the bloodiest day in Egypt's recent history.

Will the carnage in Egypt change the U.S. policy toward the most populous Arab country?

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  1. Mary

    Turkey's Erdogan wants to bring Egypt to the Security council for the death of Muslim Brotherhood protesters. Ironic since only two months ago he finished his own crack down on protesters. I'm sure some of the protesters were unarmed, and some of them certainly were armed, burning down govt buildings churches etc. Regardless, Any shooting of unarmed protesters should be condemned, but only by Egyptians not by foreign Governments. This is an internal issue. What does the Security council or Turkey have to do with this? What does anyone not currently in Egypt have to do with this? It's sickening how they foreign agenda's can't wait to jump on the carcass like vultures. They will fuel it till a 100,000 are dead you'd better believe it. Egypt should bring its own to justice, whether they be MB right or Soldier, she and her people reserves the sole right and duty to do so. Just like Syria.

    August 15, 2013 at 8:31 am | Report abuse |
    • Reality

      Erdogan was not doing genocide like your Nazi military doing right now.

      August 15, 2013 at 9:07 am | Report abuse |
  2. George

    Abraham Lincoln invaded the South and killed about four hundred fellow Americans, including Sherman's Total War intentional targeting of civilians. I respect everyman's right to overthrow his oppressors, and I respect every sovereign's right to crush insurrection. The American interest is in regional stability which a secular government would foster. Therefore, Obama should continue arming the Egyptian military.

    August 15, 2013 at 9:22 am | Report abuse |
  3. saywhat

    Regional stability?
    Quite the contrary, our non-policy in Syria, Egypt and generally in the M.East is fanning more violence and blood shed. The entire region has been destabilized.
    After yesterday's massacre of protesters in Egypt & global outcry , we have no moral ground to keep aid to the military junta flowing.

    August 15, 2013 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  4. saywhat

    In a statement today Israeli DM has urged US war in Syria. The pressure mounts on us to get involved militarily in Syria which would be another blunder after Iraq & Afghanistan.

    August 15, 2013 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
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    August 15, 2013 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  6. saywhat

    being blocked.
    More sometime later if censors allow.

    August 15, 2013 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Rascal Rabble

    technically it is a coup...stop financing it...and are we getting our money back...look like an elaborate pigeon drop...civil unrest while the Swiss bank opens a new account...and how come only the coptic churches are burning and not the mosques...our govt aren't to endorse any religion...it is illegal...why did u s funds go to islamic-tized the culture of egypt...im blaming obama for this debacle...
    the muslimbrotherhood and hamas are one in the same...

    August 15, 2013 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  8. saywhat

    Violence against the coptics spiked since the coup which ousted Morsi not during his admn.
    People from all faiths and ethnic backgrounds joined in the ground swell that had ousted military backed Mubarak & his security apparatus. Egyptians would never again give in to a military dictatorship again.

    August 15, 2013 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  9. TvNyC

    I think that US government should send troops to the region so the rest of these Islam countries get the point that what's not humane, the UN will not tolerate. We are te power of the world and we need to take matters into our hands. Al Qaeda is destroying these regions for decades and we need to stop them at their territory before they come and try to hurt us.

    August 15, 2013 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Maximus

      1) The US is not the world's power. That was quietly sequestered away and obama's destruction has made the military scarcely half of what it was when he took office 2) Shiite extremists are killing sunni extremists in Syria and the secular military is killing Sunni extremists in Egypt. The best US policy is to stand by happily!

      August 16, 2013 at 8:41 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      We should absolutely make up specious reasons to invade yet another country. Without any plan to fund that invasion, and cut taxes while doing it. Good call.

      August 17, 2013 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    What will the U.S.do about Egypt? What would any bankrupt country do?

    August 15, 2013 at 7:16 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    If this Marxist administration lacks the humility and moxy to take a little ribbing from a Missouri rodeo clown, how are they going to decide anything crucial to this?

    August 15, 2013 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      It is such the pity that partisan politics have gotten so contemptuous that nobody respects the office of the POTUS any more, whether the occupant has a (R) or a (D) following their name. Whether a head on a pike in a movie or a broom up the yang, it's repellent.

      August 17, 2013 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  12. ronvan

    WHY? Is it that the U.S.A. must always "TRY" to slove other countries problems? IF true that it is in our "national security" interests, a term that is thrown around so much, then, FOR ME, we are in deep trouble! STOP ALL monies, and everything else that WE send to these countries until they fix their own problems! Probably never happen anyway!
    IF, and that is a big IF, they want our help then let them pay us! Lets STOP all these so called "do gooder" groups preventing the U.S.A from becoming energy independant!

    August 16, 2013 at 6:15 am | Report abuse |
  13. Jorge

    Obama is not an inept bumbling rodeo clown. While on vacation in Martha's Vineyard, he issued a statement strongly condemning the violence.

    August 16, 2013 at 8:53 am | Report abuse |
  14. Jorge

    It's sadly amusing how the pacifists that infest this blog bemoan the instability when it is exactly that mindset that substantially created it. Iraq was relatively secure and viable until the bumbling rodeo clown obama precipitously withdrew to placate his base – that would be you pacifists. Now, AQ controls the Euphrates all the way to Turkey and cross the border at will fighting both directions, against the Maliki Shiite in Iraq and Assad Shiite in Syria, with an endless stream of jihadi fighters flooding in from the four corners. The decisions of policy makers with your mindset made this mess, and now you lament the predictable result. Sadly amusing.

    August 16, 2013 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |