The Pentagon announced Wednesday that the U.S. will delay selling four F-16 fighter jets to Egypt, amid the violence that has erupted across the country.
The United States may not call what happened in Egypt a coup, but the Defense Department's actions show that it is wary of the instability and lack of clear political leadership in the North African nation.
The U.S. still plans to move forward with a joint military exercise with the Egyptian military later this year, but President Obama is still debating how to move forward with the rest of U.S. military aid.
After the military took over several weeks ago, taking power away from the democratically elected Islamist president Mohamed Morsi, the U.S. attempted to keep its distance from the drama, saying this country does not take sides. But in refusing to call it a coup, Washington was able to continue to legally justify sending $1.5 billion in aid to Egypt annaully — $1.3 billion of which is military assistance.
A majority of Egyptians may dislike the U.S., but they can credit their armed forces to the American taxpayer.
This might be changing now. Already, a subcommittee of the Senate Appropriations Committee is proposing new restrictions on the foreign aid the U.S. provides. While the panel said the United States could continue sending the amount of aid the Obama administration requested, there would be caveats that force Egypt to restore civilian rule.