Despite earlier commitments from the White House and a bipartisan bloc of congressmen, the Obama administration is postponing the transfer of billions of dollars and advanced weaponry to Egypt.
Of course, the reversal on the part of the Obama administration by no means signals a shift away from an interventionist policy in foreign affairs to a non-interventionist policy — where the United States ceases its engagement in nation building and meddling in foreign quarrels and begins minding its own business. Nor does it mean that the administration suddenly "discovered" that there is no authorization for foreign aid in the U.S. Constitution.
So why the reversal on the part of the Obama administration?
According to Jen Psaki, a State Department spokeswoman, the United States “will continue to hold the delivery of certain large-scale military systems and cash assistance to the government pending credible progress toward an inclusive, democratically elected civilian government through free and fair elections.”
The statement issued by the State Department announcing the delay mentioned the lack of “credible progress” toward free elections as a contributing factor.
A bloody crackdown by the military on supporters of Mohamed Morsi following his ouster prompted a review of the planned shipment.
Among the weapons being withheld from Cairo, there are a dozen F-16s; about that many AH-64 Apache helicopters; four M-1/A-1 tank kits; and an undisclosed number of Harpoon missiles.
Perhaps the reneging has less to do with Egypt’s lack of electoral fair play and more to do with President Obama’s desire to punish the currently ruling regime for ousting his friends in the Muslim Brotherhood from the positions of power.
Writing for Human Events in 2011, Robert Spencer reveals a few of President Obama’s links to the Muslim Brotherhood.
President Obama, Spencer writes:
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