The Obama administration said for the first time that it supports a role for groups such as the Muslim Brotherhood, a banned Islamist organization, in a reformed Egyptian government. ~ LA Times, February, 2011
The Jerusalem Post reported yesterday that Egypt sees U.S. aid as a certainty. Our “Democratic” friends in the Brotherhood believe that the Egypt-Israel peace pact is rendered null and void if we renege on the $2 billion in aid (1979 Camp David Accords). We have threatened to cut off aid if our NGO workers are put on trial.
The NGO workers, including Sam LaHood, son of transportation secretary Ray LaHood, were working on civil society groups for human rights and pro-democracy. They are considered secular which infuriates Islamists. Egypt has trumped up charges against the NGO’s for accepting foreign funds without the government’s permission and using the funds to support anti-government protests.
In any case, 71% of Egyptians do not want our aid and are opposed to civil society groups.
Prior to the ousting of the Mubarek regime, Obama supported the uprising. There were reports of secret meetings and collusion. Publicly, Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, called for an “orderly transition” to democracy in Egypt even though the Muslim Brotherhood was the leading revolutionary force with the Salafis coming in second. Obama supported an Egypt that responds to the wishes of the Egyptian people when he spoke with foreign leaders according to the White House itself.
The “pro-democracy” movement was encouraged by Obama when all the signs were that it would lead to a radical Islamist state.
How could anyone possibly think that the Arab Spring would bring about a democratic revolution? How naive are we? Obama’s speech in Cairo prior to the revolution demonstrated his naivety and arrogance. He thought he was going to guide this revolution and tell them what principles and rights they would grant and what terrorist organizations they would reject. Read here: NY Times
Jerusalem Post : El-Erian told the London-based newspaper Al-Hayatthe U.S. needs to understand that “what was acceptable before the revolution is no longer,” and that should the aid provisions outlined in the treaty be modified, it could open the door to further changes in the agreement.
A Gallup poll released last week found 71 percent of Egyptians oppose US economic aid to their country, and a similar percentage oppose Washington sending direct aid to civil society groups. Last month the US administration announced it would speed up aid to Egypt as the country copes with mounting economic problems during the transition from president Hosni Mubarak’s three-decade term in power.
Congress has already approved $1.3 billion in military aid and $250 million in civilian aid for the current fiscal year. That assistance, however, is conditioned upon Egypt meeting all of its obligations under its peace treaty with Israel. That factor that may help explain the unpopularity of US aid – the treaty is widely unpopular in Egypt, and many see the conditions on US aid as an infringement on the country’s sovereignty.
The poll found Egyptians are just as likely to support aid from fellow Arab states as they are to oppose it from the US.