Obama Cancels Military Exercises With Egypt
President condemns new violence
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 15, 2013 9:57 AM CDT
An Egyptian pulls a banner of Egypt's ousted President Mohammed Morsi near debris left at a protest camp in Nahda Square in Cairo Thursday.   (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

(Newser) – President Obama interrupted his vacation today to condemn the violence in Egypt and announce that the US is canceling joint military exercises with the nation, reports CNN. "Our traditional cooperation cannot continue as usual while civilians are being killed in the streets," said Obama in his brief address this morning. The move likely won't do much to appease critics who think the White House should be far more aggressive and, say, cut off its $1.3 billion in US military aid. But this is the "first concrete American response," notes the New York Times. "We appreciate the complexity of the situation," said Obama. While conceding that Mohamed Morsi's government wasn't exactly a pillar of democracy, Obama said the military should not have used force to oust him.

A peaceful political solution was still possible immediately after the ouster, but yesterday's violence shows that military leaders instead chose a "more dangerous path." The president called for the newly declared state of emergency to be lifted and asked "people who are protesting to do so peacefully." He spoke as the official death toll passed the 500 milestone, a figure certain to rise. The AP reports that Morsi supporters set fire to two government buildings today in Giza, home to the pyramids. The city is next to Cairo.

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Aug 18, 2013 10:53 AM CDT
heard this morning on talk show where government spokesman claimed we underestimated the response of the egyptian military. Seem like we do a lot of that with our foreign policy.
Aug 17, 2013 5:15 PM CDT
Why doesn't this govt stay the H.E.Double Hockey sticks out of world politics...the govt needs to mind it's own politics! Double speaking, double tongued lying hypocrites! Who does this govt think they are meddling in the affairs when we have enough here in this country w/a pres who is illegal and thinks to change this nation from a world power to a 3rd rate power! MIND your own business and get this house in order...!!!
Aug 16, 2013 12:33 PM CDT
Support it and condemn it at the same time. Still trying to con his way through voting 'present'. Wowza! Biggest hot air blower for Obama calls him out for lying and incompetence. Obama on Obamacare: Press Conference Misleading on Rate Shock | New Republic http://www.newrepublic.com/article/114270/obama-obamacare-press-conference-misleading-rate-shock Obama Trips Over Himself Again on Egypt | New Republic http://www.newrepublic.com/article/114319/obama-trips-over-himself-again-egypt