Do you want the bad news or the worse news first? Reportedly, we are sending more than 400 soldiers to Egypt as “riot prevention” at the border of Israel. The Egyptian army has attempted to calm Egyptian concerns, in part by announcing the following:
“The 400 US soldiers coming to Egypt as mentioned in the media are part of the periodical renewal routine for the US faction of the 13-state multinational force deployed in Sinai since the peace treaty. They are not armed with military operations gear.”
If the soldiers were there to protect Americans from violence, I would have some positive feelings about their presence in Egypt. I don’t want a repeat of Benghazi. But how much can they really do without “military operations gear”?