Richard Engel, On The Ground In Egypt, Shows Tear Gas Canister Stamped 'Made In The USA'
It's pretty difficult to boil down the entirety of the complications that exist between the United States and Egypt into sixty seconds, but this segment offered by MSNBC's Richard Engel possibly comes the closest.
ENGEL: You talked earlier about anti-American sentiment and a lot of that has been because the United States while today the Press Secretary is saying how they've been talking about Egypt and the need for reform and bringing up this at every meeting that's not the way many Egyptians see it. Most Egyptians see the United States as having stood solidly by President Mubarak while the government here grew more and more corrupt. And they see the Americans as complicit in it. And just today, for example, when we were out on streets this is what a lot of people were showing us about American involvement. If you can see in my hands this is one of the tear gas canisters and very clearly written in English on it, it says "Made in the USA by Combined Tactical Systems from Jamestown, Pennsylvania. And they say this is the kind of support that the United States has been giving to the Egyptian government and bears some responsibility, although today it it trying to say that it never backed Mubarak so much, it has been calling for reforms for a long time, Egyptians don't see it that way.
The primary reason the United States is allied with Hosni Mubarak's regime is that Mubarak has been a key player in the Israel-Palestine peace process ... such as it is, I mean -- the release of the "Palestine Papers" has revealed that there may not be as much of a "process" going on as many of us were led to believe. It's perhaps an unfortunate, though entirely fitting, coincidence, that the last time these very same tear gas canisters made news, it was in the West Bank, with a fatal outcome.
Egyptian Police Using U.S.-Made Tear Gas Against Demonstrators [The Blotter @ ABC News]