Obama secretly suspends aid to Egypt

Why the secrecy? The administration wants to maintain "flexibility." The aid in question won't be delivered until the end of September which gives the administration time to try to wiggle out from under the requirements of the law that stipulate a cutoff if there is a military coup. Josh Rogin: The administration's public message is that $585 million of promised aid to the Egyptian military in fiscal 2013 is not officially on hold, as technically it is not due until September 30, the end of the fiscal year, and no final decisions have been made. "After sequestration withholding, approximately $585 million remains unobligated. So, that is the amount that is unobligated," State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Monday. "But it would be inaccurate to say that a policy decision has been made with respect to the remaining assistance funding." But two administration officials told The Daily Beast that administration lawyers decided it was best to observe the law...(Read Full Post)