Re-enacting the delirious quid-pro-quo by his former boss, Barack Obama, who in 2014, threatened Africans to legalize LGBT or lose US aids, US president Joe Biden is now seeking to arm-twist Egypt to release captured terrorists or forfeit US aids.
The stringent conditions which also includes granting terrorists in Iran access to the blocked Gaza route that leads to Israel, is hinged on a $130million fund for arms which the US makes as an obligatory payment for the strategic diplomatic benefits it enjoys in Egypt.
Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi, Egypt’s leader, has remained a target for constant criticism by pro-LGBT US groups and left-wing lawmakers over his methods of leadership and blatant refusal to make Egypt a so-called ‘rainbow haven’, despite overseeing a long streak of calm and progress in the crisis-torn area of the middle east.
After caving into external pressure a largely docile Biden now looks ready to sacrifice the US long-standing alliance with Egypt over frivolities. And yet, he could do nothing against Erdogan’s misdemeanors, Iran’s threatening nuclear aspirations and Gen. Min Aung Hlaing coup in Myanmar because of the oil business benefit it enjoys.
Tens of military corpses, hundreds of civilian deaths and thousands of women now enslaved in Taliban-infested Afghanistan bookmark the highlights of Biden’s foreign policy failure.
Egypt must learn to be diplomatic about her relationship with the current US president who has become an unstable ally. Her quest for peace with Israel and security in the middle east remains non-negotiable.