Tuesday, February 1, 2011

The proverbial "Ace in the Hole"

Egypt's US-backed army will prevent Islamists from ever controlling the country's government, a US Senator has told Reuters, stressing Americans must not be "ashamed" of backing that military.
"Every American should be very appreciative of the fact that for years we've been providing aid to the Egyptian army in terms of equipment and training, because that army is our ace in the hole, as a world, to make sure Egypt doesn't go into a radical state," said Republican Senator Lindsey Graham.
Asked whether he meant the army would step in should Egyptian voters pick an Islamist government, Graham replied: "It is my belief that the Egyptian army will protect the Egyptian people from becoming a radical Islamic state."
"That is my hope, that is my prayer," Graham, a member of the US Senate Armed Services Committee, told reporters. "So the fact that we provided the aid to their military is not something we should be ashamed of."
Graham also praised the way President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for doing "a very good job" of handling the crisis thus far, but called for a global "plan" to bring about a smooth political transition.

Except that it is a conscript army........

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