U.S. largesse has made Egypt’s military a force to contend with. Last year the United States provided Egypt with $2.6 billion in military hardware and services, including sophisticated anti-ship and anti-tank missiles, fast missile boats and upgrades to Sparrow air-to-air missiles that the Pentagon said would contribute to “political stability and economic progress in the Middle East.” Of that amount, $1.3 billion was written off as U.S. military aid.
This article includes the numbers for dollars sent to the Egyptian government for different kinds of things – very interesting. Also includes some numbers about the unemployment and support of other military resources in the Middle East since 1950.
What a mess.