Conservative columnist Charles Krauthammer writes on the push, led largely by Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) to cut off U.S. aid to Egypt:
[F]or now, we should not be cutting off aid, civilian or military, as many in Congress are demanding. It will have no effect, buy no influence and win no friends on either side of the Egyptian divide. We should instead be urging the quick establishment of a new cabinet of technocrats, rapidly increasing its authority as the soldiers gradually return to their barracks.
Egypt’s military ousted the country’s first Democratically-elected president, Mohammed Morsi, in early July. President Obama responded by cancelling a planned joint military exercise between the U.S. and Egypt but has not suspended aid.