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View Diary: Obama administation approves $1.3 billion in military aid for Egypt (17 comments)

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    The administration has mishandled Egypt. It embraced Mubarak (Recall that Clinton called him a “family friend”) and ignored human-rights violations and the effort to insert his son as his successor. When Mubarak fell, they embraced Morsi with equal enthusiasm. Again, human-rights violations were ignored; Morsi’s prosecutions of journalists and activists were not protested. The prosecution and conviction of American NGO workers (essentially for the crime of promoting democracy) were ignored. So fittingly Egyptians believe we were pro-Morsi and wanted him both to stay in office and to accrue more personal power. The assistant secretary of state for Egypt has now been vacant for an entire year, and no one has even been nominated to fill it. The current ambassador, Anne Patterson, is the likely nominee, but Egyptians who oppose the MB see her as having failed them (and failed human rights in Egypt). Kerry is apparently totally engaged in Palestine-Israel and not much else. A total mess. Nature abhors a vacuum.

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