Under Obama, Egyptian’s views of America worse than under Bush
Roughly eight-in-ten Egyptians (81%) expressed an unfavorable opinion of the U.S. in a poll conducted this March by the Pew Research Center. Today, the U.S. gets even more negative ratings in Egypt than it did throughout the Bush presidency. Even American aid is viewed with suspicion – majorities say U.S. military and economic assistance is having a negative impact on Egypt. Someone should have told John Kerry that last week before he quietly skirted the law enacted by Congress and released 1.3 billion dollars to the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt.
Oh and to show their thanks, an Egyptian court this week sentenced 43 democracy workers, including 16 Americans, to up to five years in jail for working in NGOs not registered with the government. Critics of the restrictive government see the action as a crackdown on pro-democracy, non-governmental organizations. Well, uh yes, because it is.