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article imageJohn McCain: U.S. has lost 'credibility' in Egypt, faults Obama

By Yukio Strachan     Aug 19, 2013 in World
Senator John McCain said the United States has “no credibility” in the Middle East thanks to the Obama administration's refusal to cut off U.S. aid to Egypt which the Arizona Republican voted last month to continue to send.
Speaking during an appearance on CNN's "State of the Union," the longtime senator said that he now supported suspending the aid, even though he voted in the Senate to maintain the aid after the Egyptian military removed democratically elected President Mohamed Morsi from office July 3.
"I wanted to give (Egypt's military leaders) an opportunity to do the right thing after the coup had taken place," McCain said on the program. But after last week’s violence in Egypt, he said, “for us to sit by and watch this happen is a violation of everything we stood for."
The Egyptian Health Ministry said more than 600 people died when security forces Wednesday torched two protest camps in Cairo calling for the reinstatement of Muslim Brotherhood-backed President Morsi.
"We have no credibility. We do have influence, but when you don't use that influence, then you do not have that influence,” McCain said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
McCain, a top Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, said the U.S. lost that credibility in the region after failing to follow its own law that requires suspending aid to states overtaken by a military coup.
The U.S. has not officially described the recent regime change in Egypt as a coup.
President Barack Obama on Thursday said all military exercises with Egypt next month were cancelled due to the violence enacted over the past week.
But he stopped short of cutting off U.S. aid to Egypt, which lately has been running about $1.55 billion a year, with $1.3 billion of that provided to the military.
Part of the problem is that most of the aid for the current budget year has already been sent, said Senator Bob Corker, a top Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Reuters reported.
"What we're really talking about ... is a debate that will take place this fall as we look forward to next year," Corker said on ABC's "This Week" program.
Representative Eliot Engel, a top Democrat on the House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee, urged caution, saying there were a number of strategic reasons for continuing the aid even though the Egyptian military's actions were intolerable, according to Reuters.
"I think it's a time to see what the next step should be. Obviously, we cannot let what's been happening just happen, but I think we have to be careful and not cut off our nose to spite our face. These are very, very difficult choices," Eliot said on ABC's "This Week."
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