On Sunday, after a meeting in Cairo with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Sisi, Secretary of State
Kerry had to change his tune abruptly on Monday after an Egyptian judge sentenced three journalists from the Al Jazeera news service to lengthy prison terms on trumped-up terrorism-related charges. Rightly calling the sentences for the journalists and other defendants "chilling" and "draconian," Kerry urged the Egyptian government to "review all of the political sentences and verdicts pronounced during the last few years and consider all available remedies, including pardons."
That message would have more force if the U.S. would make expeditious pardons for the journalists — and clemency for other victims of politically motivated prosecutions — a precondition for the full resumption of military aid to Egypt. More than $500 million in assistance that had been suspended was recently released, but an additional $70 million is being held.
Unfortunately, both the administration and many in
When the military led by Sisi overthrew Islamist President
To be fair, the administration did suspend some aid in response to the military-backed government's crackdown on dissidents. It also urged the government to treat Morsi and his