Sunday, March 18, 2012

U.S. funding for Egyptian military to resume, senior administration officials say

I wonder how Americans would feel if they knew that most foreign aid comes right back to US defense contractors? Even worse, the Obama Administration wants to bypass Congress and just directly fund $1.5 billion in military aid to Egypt.
The Obama administration intends to resume funding for Egypt’s military, despite congressional restrictions and objections from human rights and democracy advocates. For months, the money for Egypt — more than $1.5 billion, with the bulk earmarked for the military — has been withheld amid that country’s crackdown on pro-democracy groups, including several U.S.-based organizations with close ties to political parties in Washington....Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is close to announcing plans to bypass those restrictions on national security grounds, according to senior administration officials and others who have been briefed on the deliberations but were not authorized to speak publicly.
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The Washington Post