Egypt is conventionally described as our biggest ally in the Arab world. We give Egypt over $1 billion in aid annually, much of it military. Have you ever wondered why? Claire Berlinski writes:
Two days ago a friend said to me, “I’ve never understood why we give Egypt so much military aid.” I’ve actually been waiting patiently since 1993 for someone to say that to me.
I wrote my doctoral dissertation about the formation of American arms transfer policy toward the Arab-Israeli antagonists.
Claire’s answer to the question is here. (PDF will download.) As is so often the case, the roots of our policy date to the Cold War.