Rhetorical Battle in U.S. Over How to Label Egypt Revolution
Wall Street Journal – As protests continue in Egypt, a rhetorical battle over how to characterize the Egyptian military’s role in the ouster of President Mohammed Morsi is heating up—with potentially billion-dollar stakes for Cairo.
At issue is the fate of about $1.56 billion in annual U.S. aid to Egypt, which mostly goes to support the Egyptian military. Under U.S. law, that foreign aid can’t be sent to a government installed by way of a military coup. While a portion of U.S. aid for this fiscal year has already been allocated, future payments could be deemed illegal if the U.S. determines that Mr. Morsi’s ouster constituted a coup.