The American Military’s New Fiefdom: Egypt

With the American military as its greatest benefactor, the Egyptian military has assumed control of the day-to-day functions of government, but which direction will this force take and who under whose auspices are members of the Egyptian military operating?

FMF funds totalled 1.8 B in FY 2009, who do you think is in charge?

FMF funds totalled 1.8 B in FY 2009, who do you think is in charge?

Is this move towards military rule a remnant of the previous administration’s new domino theory in the middle east or the first decisive step in the new administration’s new “plan” for the region? The Project for the New American Century spent many years strong-arming an already pliant Bush administration into increasing military aid to regions like the middle east, but only to regimes it could “work with“.

Consider this excerpt from diplomatic cables addressed to a General Schwartz from 2009:

Your visit will fall on the anniversary of the April 6, 2008 nation-wide strike protesting political and economic conditions. At least one opposition group has called for another April 6 strike this year. We have requested meetings for you with Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Sami Anan and Air Marshal Reda.

The mainstream U.S. media on the left and right are breathlessly declaring that President Obama and the enitirety of the American government and diplomatic corp have “no control” over the events in Egypt, but to believe that a foreign government that already enjoys full flyover privileges and expedited transport through the Suez Canal has no sway in a military where they have donated almost 1.8 billion dollars (2009 FY, source.) is beyond naive.

In fact, if a major ally the size and importance of Egypt were teetering on the brink of collapse as an American taxpayer, I would want the administration to do as much as it could to safeguard our interests and investment — but in a classic example of Disinformation, the media is not emphasizing this aspect of the story because this “angle” is a non-story because it’s been so clear from the beginning of time that the Egyptian military will not make any abrupt moves against the United States interests, because the Egyptian military is and has been a de facto branch of the American military for decades.

So instead of a more thorough discussion of the continuing effect of the United States military’s impact on the sovereignty of the Egyptian people, we are instead force-fed endlessly the story of the attractive female newsreader who suddenly changed teams as it looked like her side was about to lose. Once again the message becomes clear “YOU ARE BEING LIED TO”.

News outlets and “independent” mass media reporting is over — don’t fool yourself. Do your own research, source your opinions and engage in dialogue!

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  • Hadrian999

    just a guess but i see that 1 year period lasting much much longer

  • Hadrian999

    just a guess but i see that i year period lasting much much longer

  • MoralDrift

    Im down for having an open mind but I fail to see why or how the US gains anything here. As it stands, the US hasn’t lost anything as long as the military in egypt keep things essentially the same, agree on that point. But the veiled implication that somehow washington is orchestrating this just seems like a stretch cui bono?

  • Anonymous

    Im down for having an open mind but I fail to see why or how the US gains anything here. As it stands, the US hasn’t lost anything as long as the military in egypt keep things essentially the same, agree on that point. But the veiled implication that somehow washington is orchestrating this just seems like a stretch cui bono?

  • http://recklessillumination.org Spaceman Schmuck

    A pertinent question. To whom does the Egyptian military owe allegiance? To the people of Egypt, or to the United States government that has supplied them with billions of dollars of equipment, training, and misc aid?

    interesting times ahead.

    • rtb61

      Inevitably in the current Egyptian political climate to itself. Of course if the military leaders want to enrich themselves it would be simply far easier to convict and confiscate from the current leadership, billions of dollars all ready bundled together.
      It is always about the individuals involved, they got into their positions of military leadership for being nasty scheming bask stabbing supporters of the regime (honour and integrity would have put them in exiles overseas or in prison, at the very least not senior military officers), so they are just as likely to betray the US unless they are paid not to.
      It will be a simply measure if they continue to allow the blockade of Gaza they oppose the people’s will and have be bought off by the US, if they allow the free passage of goods, then things will get very interesting.

    • Hadrian999

      I’m betting a purge of the military happens in the near future

  • Anonymous

    A pertinent question. To whom does the Egyptian military owe allegiance? To the people of Egypt, or to the United States government that has supplied them with billions of dollars of equipment, training, and misc aid?

    interesting times ahead.

  • Anonymous

    Inevitably in the current Egyptian political climate to itself. Of course if the military leaders want to enrich themselves it would be simply far easier to convict and confiscate from the current leadership, billions of dollars all ready bundled together.
    It is always about the individuals involved, they got into their positions of military leadership for being nasty scheming bask stabbing supporters of the regime (honour and integrity would have put them in exiles overseas or in prison, at the very least not senior military officers), so they are just as likely to betray the US unless they are paid not to.
    It will be a simply measure if they continue to allow the blockade of Gaza they oppose the people’s will and have be bought off by the US, if they allow the free passage of goods, then things will get very interesting.

  • psychegram

    The Egyptian military brass and elite forces of various stripes are likely composed largely of some pretty nasty characters, with loyalties to the Mubarak regime and, ultimately, the global grunchwork of governments, corporations and financial institutions.

    But that’s the leadership. What of the troops themselves? Egypt’s is a conscript army: the soldiers who would be required to actually enforce martial law are essentially drawn from a cross-section of Egyptian youth, and we just got a pretty good idea of where the heads of Egyptian youth are at. Word was orders had already come down a few times to shoot protesters and been refused, with the reply being that we’ll shoot whoever gives the next such order, instead. That’s mutiny: in essence, the army had its own quiet revolution.

    So Mubarak may have walked out the door mumbling something about the military being in charge now, but a) that doesn’t mean the Egyptian people agree that this is the case and b) who’s in charge of the army? This isn’t over yet.

  • psychegram

    The Egyptian military brass and elite forces of various stripes are likely composed largely of some pretty nasty characters, with loyalties to the Mubarak regime and, ultimately, the global grunchwork of governments, corporations and financial institutions.

    But that’s the leadership. What of the troops themselves? Egypt’s is a conscript army: the soldiers who would be required to actually enforce martial law are essentially drawn from a cross-section of Egyptian youth, and we just got a pretty good idea of where the heads of Egyptian youth are at. Word was orders had already come down a few times to shoot protesters and been refused, with the reply being that we’ll shoot whoever gives the next such order, instead. That’s mutiny: in essence, the army had its own quiet revolution.

    So Mubarak may have walked out the door mumbling something about the military being in charge now, but a) that doesn’t mean the Egyptian people agree that this is the case and b) who’s in charge of the army? This isn’t over yet.

  • FREEK power ULTD.

    “……as an American taxpayer, I would want the administration to do as much as it could to safeguard our interests and investment….”

    Well, now that we know where your interests lie, please take all that realpolitik and shove it up your red white and blue ass.

    psychegram says:

    …the soldiers who would be required to actually enforce martial law are essentially drawn from a cross-section of Egyptian youth, and we just got a pretty good idea of where the heads of Egyptian youth are at. Word was orders had already come down a few times to shoot protesters and been refused, with the reply being that we’ll shoot whoever gives the next such order, instead. That’s mutiny: in essence, the army had its own quiet revolution.

    Well said. Not quite everyone is a robot yet. Hope, bitch.

  • FREEK power ULTD.

    “……as an American taxpayer, I would want the administration to do as much as it could to safeguard our interests and investment….”

    Well, now that we know where your interests lie, please take all that realpolitik and shove it up your red white and blue ass.

    psychegram says:

    …the soldiers who would be required to actually enforce martial law are essentially drawn from a cross-section of Egyptian youth, and we just got a pretty good idea of where the heads of Egyptian youth are at. Word was orders had already come down a few times to shoot protesters and been refused, with the reply being that we’ll shoot whoever gives the next such order, instead. That’s mutiny: in essence, the army had its own quiet revolution.

    Well said. Not quite everyone is a robot yet. Hope, bitch.

  • Hadrian999

    I’m betting a purge of the military happens in the near future