US Threatens to Cut Aid to Egypt
Responding five days after the unprecedented protest rallies in
After it signed peace accords with
The threat of a cut in aid to Cairo comes as President Barack Obama called on Hosni Mubarak to halt the violence in Egypt, where more than 100 opponents to the regime have been killed and thousands injured.
Former Democratic and Republican party officials presented the president with a demand to cut aid to
“I think Mubarak has a week at most left in office,” Andrew Albertson, formerly with the Project on Middle East Democracy and the working group, told Politico Saturday. “He’s ultimately done. Either he flees fast, or there’s a transition to [newly appointed Vice President Omar] Suleiman, or the protests continue. Meanwhile, people are becoming incredibly angry with the
Officials in the Obama administration reportedly are at odds with themselves, arguing between maintaining a “cautious” policy and stating in public that Mubarak must resign.
Cutting the annual $1.5 billion in aid to
Military assistance also is a high priority item in the military-industrial complex in the