In the continuing heated debate and controversy over foreign aid to Egypt’s Morsi, many are questioning the national interest that is being established as a return to the given foreign aid. Lots of these debates have been feverishly sparked after Secretary John Kerry visited Egypt and donated 250 million dollars in economic aid and promised another 260 million. As a response, Senator Marco Rubio from Florida wants conditions to be implemented on foreign aid, specifically in the Egyptian case. He argues for cooperation in counter-terrorism, freedom of religion, women’s rights, and a reassertion of the 1979 peace treaty with Israel.
Many analysts are arguing that aid, although vital, can be counterproductive if it lacked conditions. Eric Trager argues that U.S. policies should ensure that the Muslim Brotherhood and Morsi are giving first in order to receive foreign aid, and that saving Egypt’s economy isn’t all that significant. The focus should be on political national interest and a good return investment to the U.S. assistance. As of right now, aid to Morsi seems counterproductive. The issue continues to be a heated topic.