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KT McFarland reacts to confusion over Egypt's characterization
- Duration 5:44
- Date Sep 14, 2012
KT McFarland reacts to confusion over Egypt's characterization
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So that's new reaction to president Obama's assertion that Egypt is not an ally.
Necessarily of the United States here's the president and what he said the original statement.
From the interview with -- and -- watch.
-- I don't think.
We would consider them and allies but we don't consider them an enemy that there are new government that is trying to find its way.
White house Press Secretary Jay Carney quickly tried to insist that that was not -- -- telling reporters quote.
The president in diplomatic and legal terms was speaking correctly.
What we do not have an alliance treaty with Egypt.
Ally is a legal term of art he said he went on to say as I said we don't have a mutual defense treaty with Egypt but we do with for example our NATO.
Allies which has sat constituted this separate category he says about they file under.
Later reporters at the State Department.
Cut to the chase asking point blank is Egypt or are they not an ally the official response -- -- it.
Well that was certainly I don't think the intention I'm I'm gonna refer you to the White House for further -- numbness.
So forget about the president's words you're saying that the administration's stated score and still regard Egypt as a major non NATO allies -- the school.
-- recipient of all the crew of the privileges that that entails yes.
To -- on Fox News national security analyst.
And that's the fundamental problem with you about administration's -- -- at least you don't worry stands on anything.
It is Egypt an ally is sitting on an ally.
Is is really now why is it not an ally at the Democratic Convention is Jerusalem the capital of Israel or not president isn't going to meet with Netanyahu because he's too busy.
We get what they're supposed to be a strong ally and we got -- back.
All administrations I've been -- the one thing you want to make sure you do is send a consistent message.
I mean it's almost like human nature -- parent do you want to tell your child what you can do -- you can do that now we -- to have a consistent strong message.
Otherwise they -- Don't know where they stand and don't I have full advantage -- -- -- fairness you know you look at this post Arab sprained right Middle East okay and when you look at Egypt.
We're not sure yet whether or not Morrissey is really on our side he's tried to demonstrate that right now apparently they had it is fairly tough conversation President Obama and -- last night.
You know what it would have been better to say you know of course the country -- -- the people need to -- allies of the United States this is a new government that we are you know sort of learning to deal at this point.
The problem with that is that you've got to straighten things publicly it doesn't matter what Obama says this privately a -- has put this man power in a stance and because he pulled the rug out from under Mubarak his predecessor.
Morrissey is there he's a member of abrupt Muslim Brotherhood -- group which for seventy years has talked about.
These anti American wants to kill Jews at Saturn -- and so where is the relationship they're.
It's all about what's the Muslim Brotherhood -- -- relationship with Egypt where I mean with Israel with the rest of the countries in the region.
And to come out and sort of make us more about some movie and were apologizing.
This is a country -- -- propping up with American any we should've said you're responsible for keeping our -- say you're responsible and and not hold Morrissey.
And Egypt in the Egyptian government responsible means they get away with it and who was in that -- and -- back -- news that shocking thing.
That was standard and consulted with Al qaeda's royal family.
Was who is standing outside the gates of the American Embassy.
-- -- At -- price and -- well I mean when you look at the possibility that credit is.
You know finding new strongholds we know about this town in Libya and eastern Libya where apparently there's a new.
You know -- -- Syria grandma's house or Rio which is this new group that that has cropped up there.
It but I talk about that I'm very struck yesterday and I know the it is time reaction to a two when Hillary Clinton came out.
And and just kept going hot about the this movie and how what a mistake would be to assume that the United States today -- with the protections -- -- that.
What why should do that do you think.
-- -- -- -- -- The movie is a -- part of this whole thing.
These two attacks against the Egyptian.
American embassy in Cairo and and and asking Libya they were well planned and well organized they were planned and advancers evidence that the Egyptian government knew several days in advance it was going any of you have a little -- -- would have thought.
-- September 11.
It'd be better think that might be something happening and so instead of having it being.
About the fact that aren't but this was an act of war against the United States that she somehow apologizing for the movie.
It sent exactly the wrong such.
This is time when President Obama should have Chicago style politics towards the Middle East and particularly.
-- what about Romulus and what does he need to -- why -- you know right.
Once you've got people starting to get killed maybe he shouldn't be strong.
That very day but I think if nobody else is standing up and saying there's -- let me tell when he made that they've been killed when he made that initial statement here we are fast forward several days later -- These demonstrations are only going to grow al-Qaeda didn't start the year of spring but it sure is taking advantage -- -- trying to hijack it.
And I think it's really important for any American who wants to be present the United States to make a strong and clear and consistent statement about exactly that relationship.
He wants to have with the Middle East and what he expects them to do in exchange for our friendship and our -- But what you say about -- Panetta no but what would you is that I would say if you can't protect American people we're going to be an ally and you're not how I would ever consider that -- Katie thank you -- -- to to get past season -- one minute.