05.02.2012 12.Schwat. 5772
Since Hosni Mubarak’s forcible ouster, relations between the US and Egypt have taken a downturn, though DC is not ready to acknowledge it.
A year ago, Egypt was America’s staunchest ally in the Arab world and the bulwark of its policy against the axis of evil led by Tehran. The strong strategic bond between the two countries was upheld by the millions of dollars in American aid allocated to Egypt following the peace treaty with Israel: In 2010, $1.3 billion in military aid and $250 million for civilian purposes. Egyptian army officers studied and trained in the United States and every other year, the two armies held joint military exercises code-named “Bright Star.”
Over the years, a number of other countries – from the Middle East and from Europe – were invited to take part in these exercises, which reinforced Egypt’s dominant role in the region….