“No doubt, the Egyptians are going to feel unfairly treated. This is pretty much a self-inflicted wound. They had so many opportunities to solve these problems.” – Elliott Abrams, a senior fellow for Middle Eastern studies at the Council on Foreign Relations and reported CFR beer pong champ
Couples skate was never this expensive
I have no idea if Sen. Leahy knows how to rollerskate, but I do know that April Corley did. Until a 2015 trip to Egypt, when the tour group she was on got itself shot to bits by Egyptian Apache helicopters.
Now the Senator, who’s head of the Senate Appropriations Committee, wants Cairo to do something about that, including paying for Corley’s medical bills.
And he’s prepared to hold back $300m in US military aid to make that happen.
And another thing
Plus there’s a few other things the Senator would like to see the Egyptian government do, too. And while Egypt’s eligible for $1.3b in military aid every year, and in reality Leahy’s only locking up $105m of that, but Congress is already putting the brakes on $195m for other stuff Cairo’s done, and that’s a problem for the Egyptian government.
Egypt our best frenemy
Cairo’s long been problematic for the United States. Because stable(ish) government that’s nominally on the side of the angels when it comes to shooting at the right people? Check.
Troubling human rights record and tendency to be not-so-transparent with what it does to dissident? Also check.
Stuck in the middle? People like April Corley, whose family is trying to raise enough funds to cover all the bills it’s going to take to get her back to something like what she was before.
No shit, she was a professional rollerskater, and damned good at it, too.