FAIL… Obama Administration Blew $200 Million On Egyptian Elections to Watch Islamists Win Parliament and the Presidency
Another $200 million down the drain…
The Obama Administration blew $200 million on Egyptian Elections to watch Islamists win the Parliament and the presidency.
Protesters clash with riot police on a road that leads to the Interior Ministry, near Tahrir Square in Cairo November 23, 2011. Street clashes rumbled on in Cairo on Wednesday as protesters derided a deal struck between Egypt’s ruling generals and mostly Islamist parties for a faster transfer to civilian rule. (REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah)
The Obama administration spent some $200 million on democracy building in the lead-up to the elections this week in Egypt.
But with 65 percent of the vote going to Islamist candidates, it doesn’t appear the money was well spent.
Stephen McInerney, executive director of the Project on Middle East Democracy, told Campaigns & Elections magazine that $65 million went to Egypt after the uprising that toppled President Hosni Mubarak and an additional $100 million was earmarked for economic development but also to train Egypt’s nascent political parties.
The money is going through the State Department, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the International Republican Institute and the National Democratic Institute.
A Washington-based consultant who works with USAID and the State Department says the focus of the aid to Egypt has been on helping the smaller political parties that are competing against the better organized Freedom and Justice Party, the Muslim Brotherhood’s party.
UPDATE: Muslim Brotherhood candidate Mohammed Morsi won the presidency today.
(This was originally posted back in December 2011 after the parliamentary elections.)