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US Egypt Policies Don't Pass the Laugh Test ~ Ron Paul

Thursday July 4, 2013
A military coup in Egypt yesterday resulted in the removal and imprisonment of the elected president, Mohamed Morsi, a closure of media outlets sympathetic to him, the house arrest of his advisors, and the suspension of the constitution. The military that overthrew Morsi is the main recipient of the $1.3 billion yearly US aid package to Egypt. You could say that the US “owns” the Egyptian military that just overthrew its democratically-elected leader.

The hypocrisy of the US administration on these events in Egypt is stunning. As the New York Times reported today:

President Obama urged the military to move quickly to return Egypt to a democratically elected government, saying, ‘We are deeply concerned by the decision of the Egyptian Armed Forces to remove President Morsi and suspend the Egyptian Constitution.’ The president notably did not refer to the military’s takeover as a coup — a phrase that would have implications for the $1.3 billion a year in American military aid to Egypt.

Well, Egypt had a democratically-elected government, but it was overthrown by the US-funded Egyptian military!


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Egyptian masses control the outcome.

He who supplies Egypt's military with money, arms, and directions, controls their engagements. That is generally true, however, there comes a time when money no longer controls -- and that's when 20 million souls materialize in the streets. President Obama, by omitting the 'coup' label, reflects not only contemptuous disregard for elected leaders (sort of like the Bolivian hijack too), also concern that Egypt's military may start thinking for itself. This is post 21 December 2012, after all.

What a tangled mess

These evil doers have weaved.

or was it?

Un Democratic Policy for Eygpt
UNDP in Egypt

In fulfillment of its Human Development mandate, UNDP remains fully committed to supporting the people and government of Egypt in finding their own solutions to development challenges and building a better life.

The dramatic events that began on the 25th of January 2011, and the rapidly shifting political, economic and social environment, provide Egypt and its development partners with new development opportunities. Along with the rest of the UN development system, UNDP is responding to the new needs Egyptian citizens face as they work to build a new Egypt that fulfills their demands for “dignity, freedom and social justice”. At the same time, UNDP remains engaged on a wide range of development issues that have been on the country’s agenda for some time and which require sustained attention. As such, the UNDP Egypt Country Office will continue to operate in its core areas of: Democratic Governance; Poverty Reduction; and Environment and Energy.

In the area of poverty reduction, UNDP continues to focus on inclusive growth and job creation through strengthening the policy environment and support services for Small and Medium Enterprises and facilitating their access to credit. UNDP is also helping better target the poor by enhanced poverty monitoring and promoting policies that enhance integrated social development, social protection schemes including Conditional Cash Transfer.

In the area of strengthening sustainable management of the natural environment, UNDP continues to help the Government of Egypt build its capacities and develop adaptation options and local solution to Climate Change, including such options as energy efficiency and water management. UNDP is also supporting the Government promote and make gains in the area of biodiversity, protected areas and wildlife conservation.

Given the nature of the democratic transition and UNDP’s mandate, UNDP’s programmatic priorities in Egypt from mid-2011 until the end of 2012, will focus on four major pillars:

1. Supporting expanded and effective political participation
2. Supporting greater transparency and accountability
3. Promoting a culture of human rights
4. Supporting local development, poverty reduction and social justice

To support expanded and effective political participation, UNDP’s support includes strengthening the national dialogue for democratic transition, enhancing knowledge of other country experiences in times of democratic transition, enhancing the political participation of women, and enhancing political participation through civic education.

UNDP supports greater transparency and accountability by reinforcing integrity and anti-corruption measures. It will also explore options for supporting the oversight functions of the newly elected Parliament and other similar options.

UNDP helps promote a culture of human rights and enhance access to justice through a number of activities that aim to strengthen human rights institutions and build the capacities of rights practitioners in the public sector and civil society. They also aim at further strengthening the culture of human rights by introducing it to the curriculum of higher education institutions and enhancing access to justice for vulnerable groups so they are able to fulfill their basic rights.

In supporting local development, poverty reduction and social justice, UNDP aims, through a number of initiatives to reduce poverty through local governance and decentralization measures, innovative Information Communication Technology for Development, as well as through the creation of jobs and effective poverty monitoring for evidence based policy-making.

To me, the horriblest shame

To me, the horriblest shame of all, is that few will even pay attention to the vast knowledge in the brain of Ron Paul. So few of us..sigh.

With twenty million

angry people in the capitol, what was the military supposed to do?

Kill them all?


Egyptians are proving that if you put enough people on the streets, you can get real results.

I don't think obummer had much choice. The massacre of 20 million peaceful protestors would be unacceptable.

What to do ?

The military could defend the constitution they serve.....
They could protect the borders from foreign agents looking to profit from the chaos....
They could let the civilian government do its job, while staying out of it.

Seems as though you have offered a false choice. Either kill em all or take over the government.

Egypt's military is owned by a foreign government, while acting as domestic police and supreme ruler. Fascism is not freedom. Imperial fascism is even worse.