As the death toll continues to rise in Egypt, most voters don’t think the United States should continue to provide military and financial aid to the country. Belief among U.S. voters that Egypt will become a peaceful and democratic nation in the near future has diminished since the Arab Spring in 2011.
Just 18% of Likely U.S. Voters believe the United States should continue providing military and financial aid to Egypt, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey. Fifty-four percent (54%) say the United States should not continue this aid. Another 27% are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
The United States currently provides Egypt with $1.3 billion in military aid annually. Some are calling for suspension of this aid in response to the military’s violent response to supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsi. The violent clashes have left over 800 people dead so far.
The most depressing thing about Rasmussen’s polling is how often it turns up irrefutable evidence that most Americans are moronic ignoramuses. In this case they have opinions based on knowing nothing at all about what is actually going on in the Middle East, who the players are, or what the stakes are. But, by god, they know we have to do something.
Of course, none of the things we could do that actually make sense – like supporting any force that opposes militant Islamic jihad – are palatable to such clueless mouthbreathers, so withhold the damned funds.
Because then we are doing something.
Such is the depth to which the once-great American people have sunk.