The Obama Administration has suspended US military aid to Thailand after this week’s coup, and is halting “non-essential” visits by US government officials to the country.
The administration was reluctant to recognize the Thai coup, initially defending the takeover as “constitutional.” When Thailand’s military started calling it a coup, however, the ruse was over, and Obama was obliged under US law to make the cut.
That’s in keeping with the administration’s reaction to other coups, as the one in Egypt, which the US still hasn’t officially “recognized,” and has not led to cutting the much larger military aid sent there.
Army chief Gen. Ray Odierno called Thailand’s new junta chief today, urging the quick restoration of “democratic principles” to the country. It is unclear what that actually means, but with the junta talking about making wholesale reforms before even considering elections, it is likely the US will look for some pretense to declare the coup “over” pretty quickly, and Thailand will probably see US military aid back long before they see the return to civilian rule.
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What about EGYPT and UKRAINE?
They are protected by the constitution of the United States…. on orders from BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA.
As a taxpayer, I'd be really interested in seeing a list of countries and the amounts the USG is providing with US taxpayer-funded "military aid."
Army chief Gen. Ray Odierno called Thailand's Military leader urging restoration of democratic principals? WTF? Yo General, mind your own business and worry about our country. Where was your big mouth when our own State Dept helped certain groups violently overthrow the elected govt of Ukraine last February?
They were helping the maidan mob.
I just hope Thai people and its military sees now clearly the value of "US help" and the number of strings attached to it. It is not a freedom. This is a corruption of basic principles of democracy. This is why American collonies chose the Revolt over obedience to British Tyranny.
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