As American officials continue hem and haw over whether the events in Cairo are truly a “coup," they are leaving some $1.5 billion in aid on the line.
Two of the richest Arab nations have already outspent the United States, pledging $8 billion to Egypt. Saudi Arabia and Qatar offered the large financial aid package in a move to stabilize the uncertain interim government there in Egypt—and it sends a strong signal of influence in the region.
The United States is waiting, but should it be doing more? And behind the scenes, is it doing more?
P.J. Crowley, a former Department of State spokesperson, joins The Takeaway to discuss what kind of diplomacy could be happening behind closed doors. He’s currently professor at George Washington University.