Reflections on the Egyptian Coup

by | Jul 6, 2013

Egypt is the big story this week, and the way things are going it is going to become an even bigger story. RPI is concentrating on these important events in this extremely important country of more than 80 million people. The evolving situation is complex, with very many different interest groups and pivot points, as well as the always-present US foreign policy apparatus jockeying for a position.

RPI Academic Board Members Flynt and Hillary Mann Leverett, both professors at prestigious US universities with US government experience, have highly recommended a lengthy and very informative analysis by Esam al-Amin for Counterpunch. We encourage our readers who are interested in gaining a deeper understanding of the various forces at work to read the article, which can be found here.

We know that the military leaders who overthrew President Mohamed Morsi had been in close contact with US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman, Gen. Martin Dempsey, in the days leading up to the overthrow. It seems safe to assume that the Egyptian military, funded as it has been by the US government for decades, would have had some sort of green light from the Pentagon in the period before they moved on Morsi.

The position of the Ron Paul Institute is not to endorse or oppose any of the sides in the Egyptian conflict, but rather to better understand the situation, to provide our readers deeper analysis “behind the headlines,” and to criticize the ongoing US involvement in internal Egyptian affairs.