When the Egyptian military overthrew
The violent assault on two encampments in Cairo wasn't necessary to secure the continued control of the country by the Egyptian armed services and the interim civilian administration it installed. But, ignoring calls for restraint, the military launched a combat-style operation to disperse demonstrators, resulting in the deaths of some 275 people, by the government's own estimate, and inciting predictable reprisals by Morsi's supporters, including attacks on Christian churches.
The crackdown has alienated not just the
The Obama administration, which had dispatched its deputy secretary of State to Cairo last week to press for a compromise between the military and Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood, said Wednesday that it "strongly condemns the use of violence against protesters in Egypt" and expressed opposition to imposition of a state of emergency. Secretary of State
But statements of dismay go only so far. The administration continued to temporize over whether Egypt would pay a price in the form of any reduction in the $1.5 billion in mostly military aid it receives annually from Washington. A White House spokesman said the administration was "continuing to review our posture and our assistance to the Egyptians."
Notwithstanding Morsi's overthrow, there has been broad and bipartisan support in Washington — so far — for a continuation of U.S. aid, which is essentially an insurance policy on Egypt's peace treaty with Israel. Only two weeks ago, the