Federal law prevents the United States from sending money to a regime that has been removed by a military coup. Normally a ‘coup’ is whenever an established leader is overthrown by another faction of the government. So, when Mohamed Morsi was removed by leaders of its own military, the White House conspicuously began referring to the conflict as anything but a “coup”.
Without the yearly $1.5 billion aid package due to Cairo, the White House would lose much of its ability to act as a political puppet master. This would be a major blow to the United States’ influence in the highly unstable region. So, to ensure that the aid package (bribe) still went through the wires, it was necessary for the White House to employ a classic tactic of Orwellian doublethink—as defined in the prophetic dystopian novel 1984—“to be conscious of complete truthfulness while telling carefully constructed lies”. Instead of a coup, it’s an intervention.
When a government can get away with repeatedly and publicly lying to the faces of its people in order to circumvent laws written explicitly to constrain its own powers, there is a serious problem. The rule of law—on which our nation was founded—becomes nothing more than a tool for the ruling class to distort reality.
For example, all you have to do is label someone an “enemy combatant”, and suddenly it is legal to unilaterally initiate drones strikes against them as a matter of national security.