| Sen. Leahy: US aid is cut off when a democratically elected government is deposed by military coup or decree.”

Key U.S. Democratic senator sees review of Egypt aidReuters,

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy, chairman of the Senate subcommittee that oversees foreign aid, said on Wednesday that his panel would review the $1.5 billion in annual assistance the country sends to Egypt in the wake of the ouster of Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi.

“Egypt’s military leaders say they have no intent or desire to govern, and I hope they make good on their promise,” Leahy said in a statement. “In the meantime, our law is clear: U.S. aid is cut off when a democratically elected government is deposed by military coup or decree.”

(Reporting by Patricia Zengerle; editing by Jackie Frank)

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3 thoughts on “| Sen. Leahy: US aid is cut off when a democratically elected government is deposed by military coup or decree.”

  1. Does the same policy apply when our CIA itself orchestrates or foments a military coup d’ etat? Was this policy in place when the CIA s and MI-6 orchestrated the military removal of democratically-elected, secular leader of Iran in 1953, Mohammed Mossadegh, after he threatened to nationalize British Petroleum oil fields? Was this policy in place when our CIA orchestrated the military coup by Pinochet to remove popularly elected Socialist President Salvador Allende of Chile in 1973? How about the anti-Communist military coups that the CIA orchestrated in Latin America throughout the second half of the 20th Century? We sent money to anti-Communist military dictators who we helped install in the first place so they could continue to ensure that Communism would not get a foothold in the Americas. In 1986, as Reagan was asleep at the wheel, we sold arms to Iran in violation of our laws and secretly gave money to the Contras in violation of our laws because a cabal operating in Reagan’s administration wanted to enable the Contras to overthrow the democratically elected Sandinista government of Daniel Ortega in Nicaragua.

    Mr. Leahy, when it comes to military coups, the United States is one of the most hypocritical nations on earth.

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