The Free Press, Mankato, MN


August 17, 2013

Get tough on Egypt

Why it matters: The Obama administration's unwillingness to withhold aid hurts U.S. credibility on human rights


The Obama administration said that it “strongly condemns the use of violence against protesters in Egypt” and expressed opposition to imposition of a state of emergency.

But statements of dismay go only so far. The administration continued to temporize over whether Egypt would pay a price in the form of any reduction in the $1.5 billion in mostly military aid it receives annually from Washington.

Even as he condemned Wednesday’s violence, Kerry said he thought the path to a political solution was “still open.” But if the Egyptian military blocks that path, there should be consequences.

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