White House spokesman Jay Carney said the Obama administration believes “it would not be in the best interest of the United States to immediately change our assistance programs to Egypt” in the wake of last week’s overthrow of Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi.
“The United States will be on the losing end as well if aid is suspended,” said Geneive Abdo, a fellow in the Middle East program at the Stimson Center, a foreign policy think tank in Washington. “The situation in Egypt is so much out of control at this point that whether aid is cut off or not is not a priority for any of the parties involved in this high polarized conflict…. What we’re seeing now in Egypt is a conflict that is so internal that the United States role in all of this is not what we might think it is sitting in Washington.”
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