Senator John McCain, who just weeks ago expressed optimism about his prospects for an Egypt crisis trip with Senator Lindsey Graham by saying that "we have credibility with everybody there," now believes that the U.S. has "no credibility" in Egypt. McCain is one of the few prominent U.S. elected officials to actually call the overthrow of the Egyptian government a "coup," and on CNN's State of the Union the Senator repeated his belief that the U.S. should suspend aid to the country in the wake of the military's deadly crackdown on pro-former president Mohamed Morsi protesters in the country. "We have no credibility. We do have influence, but when you don't use that influence, then you do not have that influence," McCain said, adding, "with Apache helicopters flying overhead (in Egypt), nothing is more symbolic of the United States of America siding with the generals." McCain also criticized the president's handling of foreign policy, particularly in the context of the Egypt crisis: "There is no policy, and there is no strategy. And therefore, we react and we react poorly."
Senator Lindsey Graham, the second half of President Obama's GOP tag team attempt to solve Egypt, also said he believed the U.S. should suspend aid until Egypt moves back towards democracy. On CBS's Face the Nation, the senator said that Egypt was "headed for Algeria," arguing that in 60 to 90 days the country would have an armed insurgency, and not a protest movement on its hands. He added, "Al Qaeda's never going to win at the ballot box," referring to his theory that the Muslim Brotherhood, as it continues to become disenfranchised in Egypt, will end up getting support from the terrorist organization, in part because the Egyptian military is "making these people martyrs." He went on: "The best way to solve this problem is write a new constitution where everybody has a say and have new elections." As for the military's continued crackdown on Muslim Brotherhood supporters, Graham criticised the decision of the military to detain dissent: "The Egyptian people are not terrorists," he said, adding that it would be impossible for Egypt to arrest the 30 percent of the population that still supports the Muslim Brotherhood.