Double standard for the neighbor–’Washington Post’ and Egypt

From a friend:

The Washington Post had an ed on Monday saying that no matter how important the US-Egypt relationship is, we must be willing to use our military aid as leverage over Egypt:

Preserving the alliance with Egypt, and maintaining good relations with its military, is an important U.S. interest. But the Obama administration must be prepared to take an uncompromising stand. If the campaign against U.S., European and Egyptian NGOs is not ended, military aid must be suspended.

Hmmm. I wonder what other countries this could apply to?

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  1. i am reminded of the LA jewsih journal link in the ‘Rosenberg gets Trita Parsi call for Iran diplomacy’ post from yesterday:

    link to

    Specifically, Parsi points out that “sanctions have become an alternative to policy” rather than an instrument of policy. He explains that “if diplomacy is pursued again” it must be “for the sake of resolving the conflict, not for the sake of creating an impetus for more sanctions.”

    Abandoning a sole reliance on sanctions is Parsi’s first of six recommendations for establishing a diplomacy track with Iran that will succeed.

    The second is “do not put unnecessary limitations on U.S. diplomats.” Diplomats should not be limited to one official channel but should engage in dialogue with the multiple power centers that exist throughout the country.

    • lysias says:

      I just finished reading Paul Pillar’s Intelligence and U.S. Foreign Policy: Iraq, 9/11, and Misguided Reform. He too calls for diplomacy with Iran and thinks that war with her would be madness.

      (I note that he is very critical indeed of the 9/11 Commission Report.)

      A former CIA official, Pillar was chief analyst and then deputy director of its Counterterrorism Center from 1993 to 1999. From 2000 to 2005, Pillar was national intelligence officer for the Near East and South Asia.

  2. Michael W. says:

    The problem is that Americans are very sympathetic to Israel. Some would say that America likes Israel.

  3. lysias says:

    Trita Parsi’s new book A Single Roll of the Dice: Obama’s Diplomacy With Iran is very much reading. (As for that matter is his earlier book Treacherous Alliance: The Secret Dealings of Israel, Iran, and the United States.)

    I got and read A Single Roll of the Dice a few weeks ago, when it was only available in its Kindle edition. It’s now out in hardcover.

  4. Ael says:

    The US Govt is stuck and can’t end military aid. If they do, there goes the treaty with Israel.