The Bush administration has responded to Egypt’s sentencing a pro-democracy advocate to 7 years in prison on trumped up charges by saying that until he’s released, Egypt will recieve no additional aid from America. The key word there is “additional,” we’ll still be writing those checks for $2 billion in annual aid we’ve promised, we’re just not going to consider upping Hosni Mubarak’s allowance. Back on August 4, Thomas Friedman castigated the Bush administration for not taking action against Egypt for utterly rejecting the basic principles of democracy and free speech in this case. This, I assume, is the non-response.