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    Former Ambassador Martin Indyk's piece in Foreign Policy on why we should be working with the Egyptian government.

    Cynicism is what passes for insight among the mediocre.

    by Sky Net on Fri Jul 05, 2013 at 09:27:41 PM PDT

    •  re: Martin Indyk's piece (0+ / 0-)

      I don't disagree with Indyk that we should be "working with" the new Egyptian government, at least in the sense that "taking our ball and going home" is not a plausible option. We need to engage with the new Egyptian government, in order to try to have maximum leverage to push them in the direction of good things and away from bad things.

      But note this:

      "We should be communicating to them through private, not public, military channels that they need to put quickly in place a credible transition to civilian, democratic rule because, without that, U.S. law dictates a cut-off of American aid to coup-makers."
      1. Note that Indyk isn't contesting the central point of my piece: without civilian, democratic rule, U.S. law dictates a cut-off of American aid to coup-makers.

      2. This again points to the question: does the U.S. have a credible threat of cutting off aid? This suggests that a) cutting off aid must be on the table and b) if the new government doesn't move, the U.S. needs to start cutting things to show that it's serious.
       

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