Feb 21, 2011
For years now, countries like France and Britain have sold arms to Egypt. But the most important supplier, far and away, is the U.S. Each year, the U.S. sells Egypt arms worth between 1.5 and 2 billion dollars, a sum that goes beyond what the Egyptian state can afford. So the U.S. regularly cancels part of Egypt’s debt for these purchases.
The U.S. furnishes Egypt with used military equipment. Furthermore, 600 U.S. soldiers are permanently based in Egypt, stationed in the Sinai peninsula. The U.S. army provides training for the Egyptian military. The last “war game,” dubbed Bright Star, occurred in October 2009. Its goal was “military operations in an urban terrain,” meaning operations against popular riots. Twenty-five thousand U.S. soldiers took part in it.
The Egyptian army is almost entirely equipped and trained by the U.S. When Mubarak was called a U.S. puppet, this wasn’t simply a manner of speaking.