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The US knew about unrest in Egypt in 2010? Should we have stopped sending them money then?

WASHINGTON Feb 3 (Reuters) - The U.S. intelligence committee warned President Barack Obama's administration of instability in Egypt at the end of 2010, but did not foresee the trigger for unrest, a top U.S. intelligence official said on Thursday.
"We have warned of instability. We didn't know what the triggering mechanism would be for that. And that happened at the end of the last year," said Stephanie O'Sullivan, a current CIA official nominated to become the principal deputy director of national intelligence.

She was asked at her Senate confirmation hearing when the U.S. intelligence community warned Obama that protesters might threaten Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's grip on power.

(Reporting by Phil Stewart, Editing by Sandra Maler)

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Asked by Anonymous at 3:58 PM on Feb. 3, 2011 in Politics & Current Events

Answers (8)
  • I'm so curious why we send anyone money when we're having so many financial problems ourselves here in the US. Yes, i think they should have stopped sending money a while ago. We give them like a billion dollars a year, when you add that to how much we give to other countries, there is our "bailout" right there.

    Answer by samurai_chica at 4:00 PM on Feb. 3, 2011

  • samurai, in simple terms~ We "pay them off" to keep peace....

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 4:02 PM on Feb. 3, 2011

  • I wish officials would have been more forceful (we fund their military) on  withholding financial assistance for a more democratic election process and for the Mubarak regime to step down earlier in this 'ordeal'.... Now, we just need to do what we can to protect US citizens in Egypt and our allies near Egypt.  I worry about the future of foreign relations/treaties and agreements.


    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 4:06 PM on Feb. 3, 2011

  • We "pay them off" to keep peace

    So if we don't pay them, they're going to threaten us? Would they really?

    Answer by samurai_chica at 4:07 PM on Feb. 3, 2011

  • So if we don't pay them, they're going to threaten us? Would they really?

     More like, If we formally announce we will stop paying them, then we have a greater chance for 'leverage'...


    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 4:10 PM on Feb. 3, 2011

  • The military gets much of the money we send them and they keep the peace. Of course we could have pushed harder for the freedoms we knew the people were not allowed. I wish we would stop giving most everyone money. It should be a very special case when America pays another regime or country.

    Answer by itsmesteph11 at 4:54 PM on Feb. 3, 2011

  • The US knew about it long before 2010 . Obama isn't the first President to urge Mubarak to democratize . As for aid to Egypt, a lot of it was for arms which came straight back to the US to purchase them from American companies .

    Answer by janet116 at 5:11 PM on Feb. 3, 2011

  • This is the arrangement Jimmy Carter put in place with the Camp David Accords. Islam and democracy do not go hand in hand. They knew if he was not given a strong military then radical Islam would eventually take over. I personally feel this adm will be shown to be behind the uprising. There is just to much to benefit the progressive ideology, to let it go to waste.

    Answer by Carpy at 5:58 PM on Feb. 3, 2011

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