America Has Long Supported Egypt's Dictatorial Leadership

George Washington's picture

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As I wrote Tuesday:

Egypt’s president Mubarak is a yes-man
to the U.S., and the fall of the Tunisian and now Egyptian leaders are
really the ouster of U.S. puppet regimes in the Middle East.

Indeed, Egypt was for many years the second-biggest recipient of American aid in the Middle East, behind Israel). As leading military publication Janes notes:

Egypt
is reliant on US military aid to finance major equipment and this is
worth just over 25 per cent of the total defence spend in 2008, US
Foreign Military Financing (FMF) is fixed at USD1.3 billion annually.

America has also long provided training to Egypt's army. See this and this.

And as Free Press notes, American companies have helped to maintain Egyptian leaders' dictatorial powers:

An
American company — Boeing-owned Narus of Sunnyvale, CA — has sold
Egypt "Deep Packet Inspection" (DPI) equipment that can be used to help
the regime track, target and crush political dissent over the Internet
and mobile phones.

 

The power to control the Internet and the
resulting harm to democracy are so disturbing that the threshold for
using DPI must be very high. That’s why, before DPI becomes more widely
used around the world and at home, the U.S. government must establish
clear and legitimate criteria for preventing the use of such
surveillance and control technology.

In addition, Egypt has long tortured prisoners, and the U.S. used extraordinary rendition to fly prisoners to Egypt to be tortured. As Wikipedia notes:

In a New Yorker
interview with CIA veteran Michael Scheuer, an author of the rendition
program under the Clinton administration, writer Jane Mayer noted, "In
1995, American agents proposed the rendition program to Egypt, making
clear that it had the resources to track, capture, and transport
terrorist suspects globally — including access to a small fleet of
aircraft. Egypt embraced the idea... 'What was clever was that some of
the senior people in Al Qaeda were Egyptian,' Scheuer said. 'It served
American purposes to get these people arrested, and Egyptian purposes to
get these people back, where they could be interrogated.' Technically,
U.S. law requires the CIA to seek 'assurances' from foreign
governments that rendered suspects won’t be tortured. Scheuer told me
that this was done, but he was 'not sure' if any documents confirming
the arrangement were signed."[30] However, Scheuer testified before Congress that no such assurances were received.[31] He further acknowledged that treatment of prisoners may not have been "up to U.S. standards." However, he stated,

This
is a matter of no concern as the Rendition Program’s goal was to
protect America, and the rendered fighters delivered to Middle Eastern
governments are now either dead or in places from which they cannot
harm America. Mission accomplished, as the saying goes.[32]

Thereafter,
with the approval of President Clinton and a presidential directive
(PDD 39), the CIA instead elected to send suspects to Egypt, where they
were turned over to the Egyptian Mukhabarat [Egypt's intelligence
service].

And the statement of CNBC's Erin Burnett to the effect that the U.S. must support Middle Eastern dictators to keep cheap oil flowing doesn't really help.

Make no mistake ... a revolution in Egypt is a refutation of American policy.

And see this.

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hero HNL's picture

I never liked Mubarak even after Sadat was assasinated in 1981....This guy has always been a CIA puppet and a lackey of the US at the expense of Palestinians and neighboring Arab states.

 

He's been in power too long & needs to be removed.

 

 

hero

tony bonn's picture

there is no one else on zh who comes close (well maybe mike kreiger and smartknowledgeu) to george in discerning the truth and speaking courageously against the murderous corrupt usa government its menacing terror around the world....the usa is as ugly as nazi germany and the soviet union....

the beast keeps its power through oppression, tyranny, and murder....this is a shame which only divine judgment can remedy and i assure you that divine judgment will come...it will not be pretty and i pray to god that i am somewhere else when it happens....

the usa is the source of so much misery, torture, and evil that it is hard to fathom such a corrupt power....the people running this country are the yale assholes who want to re-unite with england, who meet with the bildebergers, trilateral commission, bohemian grove - the beast of mammon....

fuck these assholes...

snowball777's picture

fuck these assholes...

 

Which psalm was that again? 

JLee2027's picture

Make no mistake ... a revolution in Egypt is a refutation of American policy.

Oh horseshit. 

Governments change all the time...America does not guarantee governments will not change.

Guy Fawkes Mulder's picture

"Make no mistake ... a revolution in Egypt is a refutation of American policy."

Oh horseshit.

Governments change all the time...America does not guarantee governments will not change.

You, sir, are and idiot.

http://www.google.com/images?q=you+sir+"are+and+idiot"

snowball777's picture

Tell that to the ROK, dumbfuck.

ebworthen's picture

 

I do not like the U.S. supporting oppression.

Either a nation has democratic elections and we help them or we stay out.

Playing the middle is why Wall Street and Washington have failed and corrupted the U.S. - no need for us to spread that disease of equivocation to the rest of the world.

 

snowball777's picture

Then you'll need to give up that oil habit...that 'disease of equivocation' was spread decades ago and is the key to the entire US economy.

cocoablini's picture

Egypt AND Israel receive payoff money to stop fighting- that's since Begin and Sadat years. So yes, they are puppets so to speak...
We send money to these babies to stop bickering.
Ifyou talk to any Israeli, they are panicking because the US installed Mubarek is going down in flames. He's a dick, but the alternative is the Muslim Brotherhood? Yeeechhhh.
And Syria. And Jordan.
These corrupt patriarchies are all hitting 8 cylinders in corruption, looting and abuse. And luckily, Tunisia's leader is too weak and cowardly to fight. He is the black swan.
And Ben Bernanke's retarded flatearth policies are as well.
tweet,"ben BernAnke has middle east blood on his hands."

slewie the pi-rat's picture

 

coco:

"any israeli"---how freaking propagandized are THEY?

neither of these "powers" is member of Nato, which is headquartered in Brussels.

i know:  not very post-modern!

but here's the wikiLINK: NATO - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

and here's map (2006) which is about right:  NATO Member Countries Map, NATO Map

now, picture our boots on the ground:  in europe; iraq; af/pak; plus 100++ "elsewhere's".

have another toke...

now, picture our fleets; don't forget the subs!

add in the air force;  don't forget the coasties!  oh, and the satellite systems and the star wars laser-tag stuff that president ronald von ray-gun launched, up there, either.

fire up that bong...

now, picture our friends, the chinese, uh, communists', sphere of influence.

we've covered a LOT of the world's backside since WW2.  europe, japan, taiwan, so. korea, and on and on and on.  lQQk at the gaggle of idiots we led into iraq!  i'm not saying something is right or wrong, here, just that this IS, or at least has BEen the "way of the world", at least since i was born. 

i mean no disrespect to the egyptians or anyone else;  if ezekiel sez they are hung like horses, that's good enuf for me;  no wonder i can't walk that way.

if those folks want a better/different deal for themselves, i support them, in solidarity and human rights.

but that little strip of water has been open to ALL for quite a while, and i don't see the US wanting it any different, now.

 

Sad Sufi's picture

Thank you sir for your educated comments.  When we see the people of the middle east as ignorant barbarians we have to listen to their comments as I did today on Al Jazeera.

When we blame them for "radicalism" we have to look in the mirror.  There is a long history with the West that will take decades to sort out.  We don't help matters by supporting the dictators.  I'm afraid that's all we're practiced at.

snowball777's picture

I am quite confident that the USA would support a democratically elected government in Egpyt should that option be presented to us. I also believe that said government would be foolish not to accept our help given the history of the region and their proximity to certain nuke-wielding fascist states; they haven't forgotten '67.

Rick64's picture

 It does not matter if the leader is democraticly elected or a dictatorship as long as they bow to the U.S., EU, IMF, World Bank which in turn serve the multi-national corporations. They make concessions to the IMF to recieve loans that are then used to pay for contracts to multinational corporations. Concessions almost always include privatization of national resources. These loans are rarely payed back because the financial projections to attain them are totally ridiculous (sound familiar). The country usually pays until they have a crisis then have to restructure the loans and conditions of the restructuring usually include austerity measures which affects the common population the most. So it just a means of acquiring resources at bargain prices, and making the common man suffer for it and pay for it (literally and figuratively).  These corporations will export those resources to any country they can make top dollar, leaving the source country short of those resources obviously causing inflation.

 Privatization is just one of the their many tools. This has been a very effective way of conquering verses outright war. Pay the regime in control or put one in that you can control while you rape the country. These rulers are used to put down any opposition leaving the U.S. (All the major countries are in on the game) clear of blame.

Salinger's picture

wiki leaks =information about America's secret backing for rebel leaders behind uprising = wiki leaks is a_______________________ of the_____________ with the goal of _________________ such that __________________ looks like a ________________________ just in time for _________12

 

 

 

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/egypt/828...

 

 

snowball777's picture

branch, CIA, disinformation, Egpyt/Tunisia/younameit, cakewalk, 20

blunderdog's picture

If you can use the word "penis" in a Madlibs, it's always a bit funnier.

slewie the pi-rat's picture

 

jd,

those foggy bottom spooks are pretty spooky, aren't they??!!

even tho we do allow for melancholy sufi's, they are about as common as hen's teeth.

Sad Sufi's picture

So we sent Dissident Jr. to a "democracy camp," and montired human rights abuses with his help.  The headline far outweighs the facts here.  There was no "backing" for a rebel. 

I guess the human rights abuses were to understand this better:

http://www.harpers.org/archive/2011/01/hbc-90007921

numbers's picture

Tunisia and Egypt are puppet regimes of the US??????? Good grief. Does anyone take this tin-foil hat loon seriously anymore? More anti-American, left-wing lunacy from GW.

essence's picture

As another poster above referred to:
Egypt is (and has been for quite some time) the 2nd largest recipient of U.S. foreign aid.

Yep, 2nd only to Israel.

Hello numbers.... can you add 2+2 ?
The U.S. doesn't give away serious money for no reason.

 

 

snowball777's picture

No, the $16B given to Iraq/Af-Pak in 2010 dwarfs the money given to Israel and Egypt.

 

Dr. Gonzo's picture

You forgot to mention Iraq and Afghanistan aren't our vassals either.

Sad Sufi's picture

Read some real history Hasbro, or don't bother to comment.

Bringin It's picture

Numbers is a lunatic.  How did you get past the captcha?

StychoKiller's picture

Correction, Tunisia and Egypt WERE puppet regimes of the US.

hardcleareye's picture

Considering what is at stake, and the fact that the dust has not settled yet, your conclusion might be a tad premature!!

The JACKELS are not done yet.... this is going to get very interesting..

Jim in MN's picture

People think that mob violence is indiscriminate, but that is rarely the case.  In the US in the 1850s there were mob actions nearly every day.  Usually against bankers or slumlords.

(yes, I took 'Theories of Social Violence' in college--did you?)

Restarting a genuine global dialogue on democratic governance--priceless.

Bringin It's picture

I want to thank the Tunesian and now Egyptian people, putting their lives on the line to make the world a better place.

Sad Sufi's picture

I thank the police and military also, who despite the violence, have shown remarkable restraint.  Could we have a revolution in the US with only 20 or 50 people dead?  The citizens of Egypt when interviewed keep speaking that they want to be "treated like a human being."  This emphasis on an underlying respect between people in the middle east is not much seen/appreciated in the West.

I am sorry for all the sides of this conflict, including the strongmen who must live with themselves.

WTF2's picture

HOUSE OF CARDS  

QE2 and the banks pumped up commodity/food prices and the rest shall we say in history.  The high prices leads to the collaspe of our dicator friends like Egypt and and the Saudis by a populus whose food bill is 80% of their annual income. Other nations quickly fail like Yeman and Jordan.  Then the caos leads to the overwhelming of Israel by the angry muslim world. More than collatoral damage but a momunmental irony. It could actually happen.  The human and monetary cost would be mutiples of what QE1 and QE2 are.

Unintended consequences of Fed policy and US foreign policy that coddles dictators and banksters for the sake of oil and failed nation building.  When Americans see the unraveling and the economy double dips, riots and unrest visit America?  This is not impossible, this is a fast moving train.  The unemployment rate in Egypt is about the same as the USA, 10% officially and 20% in reality.

Augustus's picture

Not much for analysis.  Probably 85% of the countries in the world are either dictatorships or autocracies.  If the US government provides some assistance, is it considered a support for dictatorships?

 

Would the current massive assistance to Haiti be considered support for that incompetant autocrat?  How about the aid sent to Burma for the typhoon assistance?  Or is aid to Chicago and Detroit simply support or is it endorsement for the autocrats in charge of those cities within the country?

Sad Sufi's picture

Yes, just like Haiti where we've ruined them economically and politically for  many decades.

 

http://www.democracynow.org/2010/1/20/journalist_kim_ives_on_how_decades

Cathartes Aura's picture

Haiti sits on top of US oil, doncha know.

U.S. companies have known since 1908 that Haiti teemed with oil reserves. In the 1950s and 1960s, two different contractors were bought off to not develop these sites. CIA files also show that the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) verified contracts in 1962 regarding these possible oil reserve sites.

http://www.wordofsouth.com/myblock/showthread.php/84797-So-it-was-about-oil

Bringin It's picture

It's the scale of "assistance" that dwarfs all others but the chosen one.  In fact, it really is assistance on behalf of the chosen one, paying Egypt to roll over for the Zionists running the US.  I do have one quibble thought GW.

Egypt was for many years the second-biggest recipient of American aid in the Middle East, behind Israel)

I believe Egypt is the second biggest recipient of US aid in the whole wide world, after ISrael.

Edit --------------------------------------

From seer on another thread.

http://www.vaughns-1-pagers.com/politics/us-foreign-aid.htm


snowball777's picture

http://www.census.gov/compendia/statab/2011/tables/11s1296.pdf

Actually, the #1 recipient isn't even a nation...

"Other International Organizations" (IMF) $7.88B

Afghanistan $8.55B, Iraq $5.27B...but those recoveries will be self-funding, right Wolfowitz?

Israel $1.99B, Egpyt $1.77B

Mexico $1.28B, Pakistan $1.25B, Columbia $1.22B

 

benb's picture

Egypt sure is a dictatorship but so is the U.S. albeit with fancier public relations and mind control. At this point the outcome in Egypt is far from discernable. Providing that Mubarak is overthrown there are many permutations.  If the Suez Canal were to be shut down let’s see if the puppet U.S. government ‘decides’ to send in Special Forces to take it.

Guy Fawkes Mulder's picture

Whoever junked you should die under water.

pussfeller's picture

Make no mistake ... a revolution in Egypt is a refutation of American policy.

Then why has the USA been grooming the Egyptian Opposition leaders, as reported everywhere.

AnAnonymous's picture

Then why has the USA been grooming the Egyptian Opposition leaders, as reported everywhere.

 

 It is quite easy. The US is dependent on Egypt for various causes.

When you are dependent on something/someone, you build patterns to avoid people walking away from you. You want to trap them.

The US obsession is to maintain the pattern. They will play everyside possible save the sides they can not play because fundamentally hostile to the US. Those ones, the US will turn into evil.

What the US wants to avoid is that Egypt endows itself with a pro egyptian government. What the US wants is a pro US egyptian government. A dictatorship, a democracy, it does not matter.

hardcleareye's picture

A dictatorship is easier to manipulate, third world and Emerging Nation democracies tend to be somewhat of a "lose cannon".  We have addressed this before in Central America (and other places), usually with some form of an assassination of the elected leader, if the government doesn't cooperate with us.  (We didn't do so well with Chavez, we were busy with Saddam)... but that is not over, did you see the inflation numbers for Ven?

Bringin It's picture

It's called a plant.  Like the Egyptian army guy who built the first WTC bomb.  He was working for us too.

New_Meat's picture

Please a link to "elsewhere" or more expansively "everywhere"

Thanks

- Ned

eatthebanksters's picture

Axelrod just claimed in an interview that Obummer has been lecturing Mubarek for the last two years...apparently the State Department has been harboring and training Egyptian dissident/activists for the overthrow of the government according to the UK Telegraph...

matthylland's picture

What to believe....There are 3 theories that I have read in the last hour.

 

1) The US backed the protestors (UK Telegraph)

2)The US backs the dicatorship

3)The Islamic Brotherhood is the backer of the protestors.(FOX)

 

hmmm

Sad Sufi's picture

Listening to the people, they say "None of the Above."

 

We're sick and tired of this regime, and we're out saying so.  There is no "leadership" but it will emerge organically.

I think the US has lost control, but there may be stories giving them cover.

StychoKiller's picture

My money's on 2), until 1) is seen by Obamatron to be winning, then it will flip-flop to 1).  3) has already proven to be false.

Convolved Man's picture

I don't think they are mutually exclusive theories, however #3 provides the added benefit of connecting the dots to ... wait for it ... Nazis!   This would provide a great promo tie-in with the upcoming Captain America film.

Bastiat's picture

Fox is full of shit on this trying to generate anti-islamic fear.  The IB is trying to take advantage of the chaos but they didn't create it and don't dominate it or lead it.

atomicwasted's picture

Given a variety of interpretations, and no objective yardstick for measuring them, I fall back on the rule of thumb that anything on Fox is untrue per se unless it shows up on Napolitano's show.