As a former resident of Egypt and student of its modern history, I have not always agreed with The Post’s analysis of the country and the region’s challenges. But the Aug. 20 editorial “What Egypt needs” captured the essence of its current predicament and that of the United States and provided a workable plan to move forward. Calling the military takeover what it was — a coup — and, as a consequence, withholding military aid and cooperation would signal to Egypt and the region that the United States is, indeed, a nation of principle, worthy of respect. On that platform, the United States could influence current events there.

James Horgen, Bethany Beach, Del.