By Micah HalpernI've Been Thinking:
The White House is walking a tight rope. They still do not want to call the crisis in Egypt a coup. They are in a bind because Congressional law prevents the United States from giving aid to any regime that came into existence through a coup.
This is what happened: In 2012 Congress passed a law called the Consolidated Appropriations Act which prohibits spending money for any "assistance to the government of any country whose duly elected head of government is deposed by military coup or decree, or a coup d'etat or decree that is supported by the military."
So the White House is not saying it was a coup. If they do not call is a coup that means that it was not a coup.
Jay Carney, the White House press secretary put it this way: "I'm being very clear with you ... this is a complex and difficult issue with significant consequences."
The White House and DC have been portrayed as evil by both sides in Egypt. There is very little the United States can do to redeem their reputation.
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