The U.S. Should Give Egypt’s Military 48 Hours to Restore Civilian Rule

July 9, 2013    Sarwar A. Kashmeri

It is a truth universally acknowledged (my apologies to Jane Austen) that the removal of a country’s elected leader by its military is deemed a military coup. So while I agree with President Obama’s pragmatic refusal to so label the recent overthrow of Egypt’s President Morsi, this finesse of terminology had better be a temporary equivocation.

Should the Egyptian military continue on its present path of jailing Muslim Brotherhood leaders and running roughshod on the nascent Egyptian democracy, however flawed it may be, President Obama should publicly begin calling what just took place in Egypt a “military-coup” and give the Egyptian military 48 hours to produce a road map to restore civilian rule. (That’s the amount of time the Egyptian generals gave Morsi, the country’s first elected leader, to work out a deal with the opposition and restore calm to Egyptian streets.) Failing which U.S. military aid to Egypt should be cut off.

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