Until recently, the United States and Egypt shared a very special arrangement.
Here’s how it went: the US government would collect taxes from the American people. It would give a portion of the proceeds — about $1.3 billion a year — to help Egypt’s military. Egypt’s military would then give that money back to the United States, or at least to the country’s major defense corporations, in return for goods and services.
This special relationship was necessary, the US government said, to maintain stability in the Middle East.
Well, stability in the Middle East is hard to come by these days, as is a justification for giving the military leaders of Egypt — one of the least stable countries on the planet right now — so many resources.
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