Egyptians' Dislike for United States Grows Even as U.S. Aid Flows

By:  James Heiser
03/26/2012
       
Egyptians' Dislike for United States Grows Even as U.S. Aid Flows

Over a year has passed since the “Arab Spring” came to Egypt, and the evidence continues to accumulate demonstrating that what has come of last year’s revolution is bringing a "chill" to the relationship between the United States and Egypt.

 

Over a year has passed since the “Arab Spring” came to Egypt, and the evidence continues to accumulate demonstrating that what has come of last year’s revolution is bringing a "chill" to the relationship between the United States and Egypt.

As reported in mid-February, Clinton’s State Department is seeking special funding to promote “Arab Spring” reforms throughout the Middle East. However, the Egyptian people who purportedly benefited from last year’s revolution have come out of that experience with a rapidly worsening view of the United States. A March 23 article by Susan Jones for CNSNews documents the steady decline in Egyptian public opinion when it comes to the United States:

A majority of Egyptians (56%) now see closer relations with the U.S. as a bad thing for their country, up sharply from 40% in December 2011, a Gallup poll says.
 
Egyptians are now more likely to favor closer ties with Turkey and Iran than with the United States, the poll found.
 
Only 28 percent of Egyptians said closer relations with the U.S. are a good thing.

The conflict in February between the U.S. and Egyptian governments over the status of workers for Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) increased tensions between the two nations. When the Egyptian regime announced its intention to prosecute workers for two NGOs affiliated with the American Republican and Democratic political parties, the United States threatened to cut off billions of dollars in U.S. military aid. However, not all of the decline in Egyptian public opinion can be attributed to that conflict, and that would not account for the increasingly favorable view Egyptians have of Islamist regimes — and other governments that are steadily moving in an Islamist direction, such as Turkey. According to the Gallup Poll:

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