Saudi Arabia Vows To Compensate Egypt for Aid Withdrawn by Western Nations


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The Obama administration is temporarily suspending aid to Egypt while continuing to deny that Morsi's removal last month constituted a coup. Were the Obama administration to declare the Egyptian military's actions last month a coup aid would have to be suspended until a democratic government was set up.

Two Obama administration officials told The Daily Beast that by temporarily suspending aid to Egypt without saying that Morsi's removal was a coup the administration can act as if a coup had taken place by restricting aid without being burdened by other conditions. While this approach may be convenient, it is not being welcomed by some on Capitol Hill.

From The Daily Beast:

On Capitol Hill, lawmakers and staffers complained that the administration is trying to skirt congressional intent by refusing to say whether it believes there was a coup in Egypt while implementing its own preliminary punitive measures outside the confines of the legislation.

"This approach seems to be too cute by half, leaving the U.S. with little leverage in Egypt and appearing to condone gross violations of human rights in the process," said one senior GOP Senate aide. "It is also unclear that Congress intended to give the executive branch this much leeway in implementing the coup provision in Section 7008" of the law.

While most of the military aid from the U.S. to Egypt may be suspended the Saudi government has said that it will ensure that the interim Egyptian government is compensated for whatever funds are withdrawn by Western governments.

From The Washington Post:

CAIRO — Saudi Arabia is emerging at the forefront of a forceful effort by Persian Gulf monarchies to back Egypt's new military leaders, exacerbating a fierce struggle for influence in the chaotic and increasingly leaderless Arab world and putting the Saudis at odds with the United States, a long-standing ally.

On Monday, Saudi Arabia promised to compensate Egypt for any aid that Western countries might withdraw in response to the harsh tactics employed by Egypt's leaders to quell protests by supporters of the country's deposed president, in which nearly 1,000 people and more than 100 police officers are reported to have been killed.

That the Saudi's are committed to supporting Egypt's military is the latest reason why the Obama administration should save taxpayers $1.3 billion a year and withdraw military aid from Egypt entirely. Perhaps unsurprisingly many in the American arms industry are against cutting off military aid to Egypt.

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  1. Why not let them pay? What leverage do we need beyond the ability to blow shit up or, worse yet, to give more money to Israel? We’ll do it, too, because we’re muy loco, man.

  2. OT: Logitech is awesome. My $100+ gaming keyboard had broken both of its CTRL keys (from crouching in FPS’s). They shipped me a brand new one today, after only a minor hassle of providing them with a receipt and some pics of the issue. Had to ship the old one back, which was also mildly annoying, but I guess they wanna refurb it.

    1. I hope this helps you hold off drinking yourself to death.

      Celebrate small victories!

    2. Crouching? I bet you hug walls and play wack-a-mole from behind cover, too.

      1. Tribes is what did it I think.

    3. Stop crouching, pussy.

      1. You can’t bunny hop and strafe dance your way into a libertarian utopia scrub.

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    4. assigning cut/copy/paste among other ctrl+ functions to g-keys seriously saves my hand from hours of copypasta stress.

  3. So long as we don’t re-supply SA, have at it.

  4. Dude seems to know which way is up over there. Wow.

    1. You’re slipping, razor Bot.

  5. I’m just having a hard time caring. DC gone do what DC gone do, no matter what I say or do. Egypt – don’t give a shit. Saudi’s – don’t give a shit.

    You want to prop each other up? Knock yourselves out. We’re not sending money, even temporarily? YAY!

    I’m sure it will be business as “fuck you, that’s why!” soon enough.

  6. So if we kick our drunken deadbeat brother-in-law off of our couch, he’ll have to sleep on his dirtbag buddy’s couch instead?

  7. So if the Saudis can afford to give them enough aid to compensate for all Western countries combined…


    1. Do you have to ask?

    2. This is an end run around congress.

      I expect that the U.S. will expand aid to the Saudi govt which will then forward it (after taking a cut no doubt) to the Egyptians.

      On the other hand, this could be the Saudi’s giving a huge fuck you to the U.S. govt. Remember the M.B. is allied with Al Queda which views the Saudi Monarchy as its primary enemy.

      1. You nailed it, t. We’re already sending aid to the Saudis (why, I cannot imagine). We’ll just bump it up so they can launder it through to the coupsters. Or the MB. I forget who we’re aiding this week, and why.

        1. Are you guys sure we send aid to the Saudis? They aren’t exactly short of cash. I know we sell them weapons, but I don’t think we give them anything. Certainly we shouldn’t.

          The growing chaos in the Middle East is a good chance to vastly reduce our aid. Let the rich Muslims support the poor Muslims.

          1. Mostly in the form of deeply discounted arms and training, with a few grants on the side, I’m sure.

            1. The foreign aid that comes in the way of export subsidies for arms is arguably domestic aid. (But still stupid.)

            2. Why the fuck can’t the house of Saud pay for this themselves?

              In the first gulf war Saudia Arabia payed us trucks full of money…

              Who was the dipshit who turned that around and began making us pay them money for their own fucking defense???

        2. We’re already sending aid to the Saudis (why, I cannot imagine)

          Once the Saudi King announces he’ll accept payment for his oil in Euros or Maple Leafs or Krugerands, the U.S. economy takes a huge hit and all the politicians will be in the shit.

          The U.S. govt is the Saudi Monarch’s bitch for that very reason.

          1. This is the correct answer.

  8. Thinking back to the Camp David Peace Accords, and the billions it has costs this country in the name of one man’s vanity, it has occurred to me that perhaps I’ve been wrong to judge the Nobel Prize committee harshly for giving Obama a prize for doing not a Goddamned thing. Perhaps they did so, so he would not be tempted to do something stupid to earn one.

    1. costs

      Rickety keyboard.

      1. Fucking Logitech.

        1. Heh. I can’t even blame WASD excessive usage for this cheap ass thing. It’s not for play, except when I’m ‘testing’.

  9. Even worse, that article says that sources indicate that the Obama Administration might be secretly cutting off the aid.

    On balance, I am favor of cutting of the aid. Trust this Administration to find a stupid, split the baby way to do it, though.

    1. I’m now seeing conflicting CNN, Reuters, and other news stories. Apparently different anonymous sources can’t agree on whether or not we’ve secretly cut off aid.

  10. Doesn’t Concord, NH have better armored personnel carriers than that?

  11. Good, let the Saudis piss their money away.

    1. Killing these psychopaths is the best investment in world peace anyone has made since the ’40s.

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