The Egyptian non-‘coup’

By From page A10 | August 28, 2013

Regarding your Aug. 21 editorial about the Egyptian coup, there is a possible plausible explanation as to why the U.S. government cannot call the coup a coup. The Egyptian military is the United States’ second most important client in our global scheme. It is most unlikely that the Egyptian military would, or could, carry out a coup against a democratically elected government that had been earlier accepted by the U.S. government without first informing, and likely gaining the support of the United States.

One can also suppose that the coup is not disconnected from the start of “peace talks” between the Israeli government and the Palestinian Authority. In this regard, Mohamed Morsi was considered unreliable as he was seen as too close to Hamas. If John Kerry could secure a “peace agreement” on his watch as secretary of state he would secure an enduring place in history. For that matter, so would President Obama, who would have a foreign policy legacy to match his signature domestic policy victory — the Affordable Care Act.

What might have gone awry is a failure to anticipate the ferocity of the Egyptian military in its zeal to crush and eliminate the Muslim Brotherhood, as well as the resolve of the Brotherhood and its supporters. Other developments have since put the “peace Aagreement” at risk. So not only is a “peace agreement” somewhat more unlikely, but Egypt may be plunging headlong down an abyss from which there may be no escape.

For John Kerry, a new, inexperienced secretary of state, this may be a quick study in failure. So much for the legacy!

Desmond Jolly

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