Aug 19, 2013
The Obama administration might have condemned the brutal repression by the Egyptian military. But it also made clear that it will continue to maintain all its ties to the bloody regime, including 1.3 billion dollars in annual military aid. Some of the U.S.’s closest clients in the region, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, will also continue to funnel eight billion dollars annually to the Egyptian military.
The Egyptian military will remain an important pillar of support for U.S. imperialist interests. Much of the Egyptian officer corps was trained in the U.S., starting with General Abdul-Fattah el-Sisi, the defense minister and military leader, who graduated from the United States War College in Pennsylvania.
Not only does the Egyptian military help safeguard U.S. corporate investments and interests in Egypt, but also in the entire Middle East region. The Egyptian military assures that U.S. naval ships pass through the Suez Canal, without having to wait their turn behind a bunch of oil tankers. During the Iraq War, the Egyptian military allowed U.S. military planes to pass through its air space. And, the Egyptian military and intelligence services partner with their Israeli counterparts against the Palestinian people.
U.S. imperialism is directly responsible for the blood the Egyptian military is now spilling.