Friday, August 16, 2013

Stuff Matters

After golfing for five hours on Wednesday and having drinks with a campaign donor, Obama announced on Thursday morning that the United States was cancelling a military exercise with the Egyptian military and immediately went golfing again. There was no announcement that the administration would cut off the $1.3 billion in annual American aid to Egypt, most of it military.
Ouch. I understand that cutting off the $1.3 billion you give to the group that just killed 500 citizens and is keeping a democratically elected leader under lock and key reduces or eliminates your leverage in the region, but sometimes, if not most times, you should just do the right thing.

Good article from Reuters complementing a piece in today's Times from a former member of President Morsi's cabinet. I had higher expectations of our president.

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