Should the U.S. cut military aid to Egypt?

“The U.S. has been unable to do much to reduce the violence in Egypt. President Obama canceled upcoming joint military exercises, and says the administration is looking at other options, perhaps affecting the $1.5 billion in military aid the U.S. provides Egypt each year,” reports NPR News.

Today’s Question: Should the U.S. cut military aid to Egypt?

  • PaulJ

    No, this is not the time to burn bridges. When that time does come, they’ll have plenty of US military surplus to do it with.

  • Rich in Duluth

    I don’t know…..

    I hate the giving of military aid, maintaining foreign bases, and the sale of arms to anyone who wants them, for philosophical reasons. However, military aid is given, in large part, to influence policies in foreign countries such as Egypt. If we don’t give this aid, Russia, China, or some other country, opposed to our policies, will give it and gain this influence.

    So, reluctantly, military aid should be used, given or taken away as needed, to influence Egypt.

  • JQP

    Start transitioning it from military aid to food/medical aid. Let Egyptians decide if the excess that results from not having food woes should be spent on weapons.

  • Jim G

    It won’t make any difference to the Egyptian people if we do or don’t cut military aid. It seems that most of the money we give Egypt in military aid is funneled back into US corporations that build the twenty F-16 aircraft we are selling them and for upgrading their tanks’ capabilities. The aid was structured as corporate wealth-fare in the first place. It was never intended to actually help Egypt in any substantive way.

    • James

      So, giving the Egyptian military additional F-16s won’t have any effect on the Egyptian people when this is a conflict between the military and other factions of the Egyptian population? I’d have to disagree with that.

      We (the U.S.) need to tread carefully and choose wisely. We do indeed take sides and the side we choose makes a difference. I’m not saying we should even be involved, but since we have chosen to be, somebody (read SecDef/SecState/CIA/PoTUS) ought to have already had a well thought out response to this. It’s not like there were no warning signals.

      • Jim G

        I understand the symbolic reasons for cutting military aid. The problem for the man on the street is that symbolic cuts don’t stop real bullets.

  • rampantlion

    Under current law, the US must suspend aid where governments are unseated via coup–and this was clearly a coup. While I am pleased the MB is no longer in power, we need to either enforce the law or change the law. Ignoring the obvious just continues to erode the credibility of this administration.

  • Sammi

    Jim G you are badly misinformed. They are not buying the 24 F-16’s from us. We are giving them away! Along with 200 M-1 Abrams tanks at a cost to taxpayers of 43 million dollars each. It way past time to stop throwing money down the black hole of foreign aid. Egypt is quite capable of solving it’s own problems. US influence is evil and only makes things worse.

    • reggie

      Sammi, military aid is not synonymous with foreign aid. We currently spend a pittance on the kinds of aid that make friends — humanitarian support, agricultural development, infrastructure like water treatment, waste treatment, basic health care, immunizations, etc. — that would improve the lives of millions of people around the planet at very little cost. But those forms of aid don’t line the pockets of executives of the military-industrial complex.

    • Sue de Nim

      You clearly missed Jim G’s point, Sammi. Giving F-16s to Egypt helps Lockheed-Martin more than it helps the Egyptian military. It’s a case of pork-barrel corporate welfare.

  • Tommy Yank

    Friends, I have been awestruck watching the Administrations response to the Egyptian crisis. Not unlike Germany in ’33 a hurting population elected a radical party into power democratically. But we all know how that turned out once the Nazi Party consolidated power. There was no mercy to opposition-including the Christian Churches. Blindly supporting a Democratically elected government as President Obama seems to be doing now is following the road to perdition. Like in Turkey most Egyptian woman were not interested in assuming there rightful place under a proposed Sharia ruled government, thus it was no surprise that there was a popular uprising.

    Thanks to modern media the Mubarak administration faced millions of protestors….if only the citizens of Germany had the benefit of modern media in 1935. The American people need to be told the truth about what the people of Egypt were facing and why the Army acted. The BBC has been a source of in depth information. So far I am only hearing and reading uncritical information from the US media and the President.