The U.S.-Egypt relationship is a pricey affair, about $1.3 billion worth of military aid annually, to be acceptably inexact. Hoping to be more exact in our assurances about how that cool billion is being used, the U.S. Government Accountability Office drew up a report at the behest of Congress. To the surprise of no one, the security equipment U.S. military dollars buy for Egypt aren’t always used for noble purposes or by noble people; the President admitted as much last year when he proposed removing human rights conditions from aid to Egypt entirely. We’re glad for this small measure of oversight from Leahy vetting – and the Members of Congress who continue to hold the line on the U.S. human rights agenda abroad – but we’re left wanting. Senator Leahy (the man behind the Leahy Law) recently sent a letter asking for an investigation into Egypt AND Israel’s compliance with his vetting standards. Now that we have a Leahy report on Egypt, we’re sure it’s not presumptuous to think that the GAO is also reviewing Israel’s compliance. Can’t wait to read that one, especially since in the House’s latest version of the 2017 appropriations bill, Israel would receive $601 million for its antimissile program – three times more than the White House requested.