The U.S. can’t constructively influence what the Egyptian military and its interim government do, and it should stop pretending that it can. [Cutting off aid] isn’t going to remedy any of Egypt’s ills, but it would be the first step in acknowledging that it is beyond the ability of the U.S. government to remedy them. In the meantime, it does nothing but harm America’s reputation to be backing a coup government that kills civilian protesters in the streets. It costs the U.S. very little to end that support, and it gains the U.S. nothing but grief to continue the status quo.
Ali Gharib joins the chorus:
Reconciliation now seems hopeless; Egypt is shattered.
The Washington Post editorial board, with whom I frequently disagree, correctly noted that the Obama administration’s actions make it “complicit in the new and horrifyingly bloody crackdown.” At least one liberal, the Egyptian politician Mohammed El Baradei, resigned the position he took as vice president after the coup. There can be no justification for America and its leaders in the Obama administration to not also resign its role as the military regime’s funder.
Bloomberg’s editorial agrees:
Egypt’s generals must be made to understand that the kind of brutality that took place today in Cairo has consequences.