What do Egyptians want?
Key findings in new Brookings survey
- Duration 4:30
- Date Sep 18, 2012
Key findings in new Brookings survey
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So thank you very much Brian for the past week.
These are the images we've seen coming out of the heart of Egypt where protests outside the US embassy in Cairo have turned violent -- He's protesters -- all angry about an anti Muslim film they're angry at the United States in general why.
Well here to help -- -- season gets.
People through polls is Michael Rubin a former advisor to secretary of defense Donald Rumsfeld and a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute -- team.
Good morning -- -- so let's take a look at the first poll the Egyptian preference for US president coming up in November.
-- he's energy -- 73% want Mitt Romney.
25% want president Barack Obama -- you say pull on your courses this isn't necessarily great news for Mitt Romney why.
Well first -- not -- that Mitt Romney would want the Muslim Brotherhood endorsement.
But much more importantly the situation in the Middle East is the grass is always greener on the other side Barack Obama came in.
Wanting to be set a new direction for American policy the Muslim Brotherhood doesn't buy it because frankly they don't like what America stands for.
Mitt Romney is an opposition therefore they're going to embrace him but as soon as Mitt Romney becomes president.
They're gonna turn on him whenever I travel on the Middle East people always say.
Oh we love the Americans we just don't like their government and they don't understand that the government in the United States represents the people and that -- -- that lot to simply doesn't hold.
So -- -- get a political panel on this and we're discussing whether or not it makes any difference if it's a Democrat or Republican in office circuit makes any difference.
What message you sent into the Middle East and some of these nations doesn't.
Frankly no because 90% of what we're seeing in the region.
Has very little to do with the United States we are -- it certainly doesn't have that much to do with this movie.
What we're really seeing is Arab Spring caught everyone by surprise.
It caught us a call possible park -- that must caught Muslim Brotherhood and al-Qaeda by surprise.
The Muslim Brotherhood fill that vacuum and now we're seeing to make a Russian revolution analogy and -- the Bolsheviks are trying to defeat the -- events.
Let's talk about the Muslim Brotherhood I want to look at this latest poll about.
Whether or not it the people actually like the fact that they now have the Muslim Brotherhood they made a mistake by reversing themselves -- -- 1%.
They made the right decision 28% talking about.
When -- -- Muslim Brotherhood is in a good place right now -- what do you think of the Egyptian people are thinking right now if they compare Mubarak dictator to Muslim Brotherhood.
What really when you have in the Middle East have all Democrats and hip deep cracks in -- mirror images of each other.
The Muslim Brotherhood always gained a lot because they were an opposition that the promised people the world.
Now though they're failing to deliver the issue was that during the first parliamentary election.
The Islamist got upwards of 70%.
They barely slipped by during the presidency but.
To some degree it doesn't really matter anymore.
Because the mother brother has lied their way into power.
And so now they control the presidency they control the parliament which is got a -- new constitution.
We could be stuck in the egyptians could be stuck with these folks for thirty years and now we look at Islamic Republic of Iran.
Most -- -- don't care for their government anymore.
But are what can we afford to wait thirty years given the technology.
Given the terrorism for the egyptians come to that conclusion.
Yet but it's hot it's hard to cut off these political parties because they're so entrenched in religion -- -- mean -- it's about becoming an Islamic state right and I wanna say those last poll.
When you think of applying sure -- What is your preference applying Sharia with adaptation to modern times 3% of the people.
Applying Sharia literally including the penal code so what do you make and that.
Well there's a -- snake -- on all of these polls but we should take this really really seriously.
I mean what egyptians are hearing is do you want government to be consistent with religion.
Or not consistent with religion but when I was traveling in the Middle East earlier this year I heard something really interest thing.
Which was you know it's not such a disaster Muslim Brotherhood won.
After all they promised people the world that been an opposition all these years.
The worst disaster however.
Is if the Americans consider them too big to fail we allow them to get away with all their rhetoric we give them aid as an entitlement and and therefore they're not accountable to their actions the question is.
For the egyptians it's put up or shut up time for the Muslim brother but right now.
But the Obama administration seems to think what we're just -- subsidize these guys because god forbid the price of bread rises too high.
I know that you believe of the -- actually hurting the injections I got to wrap it up there I'm Michael Rubin thanks very much -- insightful discussion.