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For US, no value in aid to Egypt

Demonstrators who support the Egyptian military protested in front of the White House Thursday to decry what they say is US support of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Charles Dharapak/Associated Press

Demonstrators who support the Egyptian military protested in front of the White House Thursday to decry what they say is US support of the Muslim Brotherhood.

In the Aug. 22 op-ed “History shows that maintaining influence is the best of bad choices,” Robert Satloff argues for continuing aid to the Egyptian military. However, he points out that our largess has not succeeded in making the Egyptian government more to our liking.

We gave aid to Hosni Mubarak, who tyrannized the Egyptian people. We continued aid to Mubarak’s successor, which Satloff termed “a tragic mistake” and led to the “rule of the anti-peace, anti-American Muslim Brotherhood.”

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Now he proposes providing aid to the new military junta.

Our arrogant assumption that our influence is what the world needs has cost us dearly in both money and lives. How does Satloff think that continuing to pour billions of dollars into Egypt will benefit the average American?

Milt Lauenstein

Exeter, N.H.

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