Egyptian Military Planned for Months to Oust MorsiSubmitted by dwalters on Thu, 07/18/2013 - 16:50
In the wake of the military takeover of the Egyptian government, the Obama administration has been reluctant to call the event a “coup” due to the prescription of US law requiring that aid be discontinued. Press Secretary Jay Carney has said, “It’s our view that we should not … hastily change our aid programs.” On the question of military aid to Egypt, Reuters has reported that a US official spoke under conditions of anonymity saying, “There is no current change in the plan to deliver F-16s to the Egyptian military.” Barack Obama seems to be channeling Nixon. Recall the quote, “When the President does it, that means that it’s not illegal.”
In an AP report released on 17 July 2013, it is reported:
A series of interviews by The Associated Press with defense, security and intelligence officials paint a picture of a president who intended to flex his civilian authority as supreme commander of the armed forces, issuing orders to [General] el-Sissi. In turn, the military chief believed Morsi was leading the country into turmoil and repeatedly challenged him, defying his orders in at least two cases.
The degree of their differences suggests that the military had been planning for months to take greater control of the political reins in Egypt...