Ron Paul: US Egypt Policies Don’t Pass the Laugh TestSubmitted by legalizeliberty on Sat, 07/06/2013 - 15:18
by Rep. Ron Paul, July 06, 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:
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.