What's a 4-Letter Word for Military Ouster?
You won't catch the White House saying 'coup': Dana Milbank
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 10, 2013 12:04 PM CDT
Supporters of the ousted Mohammed Morsi protest in Nasr City, a suburb of Cairo.   (AP Photo/Manu Brabo)

(Newser) – Here are some of the words the White House has used to describe the situation in Egypt, as rounded up by Dana Milbank in the Washington Post: incredibly complex, uncertain, polarized, challenging, transitional, and fluid. And here's the one word the administration keeps avoiding: coup. Because if it's a coup—specifically, if the military overthrows an elected leader—then the US by law has to cut off its $1.5 billion in aid to the country, and it doesn't want to do that. The White House insists the situation is so complicated that it will take some time to sort this out. Mohamed Morsi wasn't exactly a paragon of democratic virtue, but one problem with this "lexicographic trick" is that it "makes US policy seem weak," writes Milbank.

"Obama’s cute evasion of foreign-aid requirements, following his administration’s decision to postpone implementation of a key part of health-care reform, gives the impression that he views the law like a buffet from which he can pick and choose." Can the White House keep the linguistic limbo in place until new elections are held in six months? Possibly, writes Milbank, "but that would be quite a coup." Click for his full column. (The New York Times, meanwhile, reports that Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have pledged a whopping $8 billion to Egypt to shore up their influence and help keep the Muslim Brotherhood in check.)

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Jul 13, 2013 4:42 AM CDT
A fresh idea- why bother with impeachment? Let's DO a "military coup" here too- Its NOT like we ain't ever done it before (ala' JFK) but no need to assassinate anyone, just have US military overthrow our corrupt gov't and install a parliamentary SYSTEM to replace the present 2-party SYSTEM where it don't matter who U vote for as the SYSTEM gets all the votes so it is susceptable to corruption. Our 2-party SYSTEM itself is so corrupt it shuts out ANY other party by imposing "Bipartisan" restrictions. We all heard Ron Paul's take- not really a RepubliCON, he knew in order to achieve credibility he had to join one of the 2-party systems only choices OR then he had NO CHANCE to win nat'l recognition. Now that's time for a CHANGE we could all use, SCRAP the outdated 2-party system and go to a more relevant parliamentary system where there's more room at the table for everyone to have a say, not JUST US
Jul 12, 2013 9:29 PM CDT
Who taught John Johnson how to write? More accurately, who did not teach John Johnson how to write? "Here are some of the words the White House has used to describe the situation in Egypt, as rounded up by Dana Milbank in the Washington Post: incredibly complex . . . " Dear Mister Johnson, "incredibly complex" is a phrase not a word.
Jul 11, 2013 8:25 AM CDT
It's funny that the U.S government wants to GIVE OUR TAX MONEY AWAY!!!! Notice the key words???