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Obama Canceling Egypt Exercise Shows Limits of U.S. Sway

President Barack Obama’s cancellation of the Pentagon’s scheduled military exercise with Egypt was a rebuke that underscored the limits of U.S. influence with the nation’s generals, who benefit from $1.3 billion a year in American military aid.

Yesterday’s assault by security forces in Cairo, in which more than 500 people died, came after days of diplomatic efforts by the U.S. and allies to persuade the interim government -- and the generals who wield the real power -- to show restraint toward mass demonstrations and seek a peaceful resolution with supporters of ousted Islamist President Mohamed Mursi.