President Obama calls Egyptian coup "the military’s intervention several weeks ago."

"The Military’s Intervention Several Weeks Ago"

"The Military’s Intervention Several Weeks Ago"

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Aug. 15 2013 12:56 PM

"The Military’s Intervention Several Weeks Ago"

President Obama makes a statement on Egypt on Aug. 15, 2013, in Chilmark, Mass. Photographs and audio recordings of this event exist, but not video.

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That's the money line in President Obama's odd audio-only reaction to the violence in Egypt. In context:

We appreciate the complexity of the situation. While Mohammed Morsi was elected president in a democratic election, his government was not inclusive and did not respect the views of all Egyptians. We know that many Egyptians, millions of Egyptians, perhaps even a majority of Egyptians were calling for a change in course.
And while we do not believe that force is the resolve differences, after the military’s intervention several weeks ago, there remained a chance for reconciliation and an opportunity to pursue a democratic path.

Recall that our laws would cut off aid to Egypt, or any other country, if we determined that a "military coup" had occured. The administration still won't say the four-letter C-word,* even as Republicans mock them for the omission. "While President Obama ‘condemns the violence in Egypt,’ " said Rand Paul today, "his Administration continues to send billions of taxpayer dollars to help pay for it. The law is very clear when a coup d’état takes place, foreign aid must stop, regardless of the circumstances."

*Get your mind out of the gutter.

David Weigel is a reporter for the Washington Post.