Clash over Egyptian president's power grab
All-Star panel weighs in
- Duration 5:29
- Date Nov 26, 2012
All-Star panel weighs in
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We raised concerns about.
And we wouldn't if we you know the want if we didn't have resides there really critical bigger concern and our.
Well I think it's important here is his -- -- well I think it is and I think did.
What is important here is that.
The transition to democracy will be achieved.
By the Egyptian people not by.
The manner in which we raised concerns -- this -- -- getting -- to I certainly don't have idiots I don't have any any new language to give to you today on our view on it -- what are you mind if I was.
-- -- -- -- -- criticizing president Morrissey say that was the correct I would say that we.
Are concerned about it and have raised those concerns.
Jay Carney the White House today asked about Egypt's president Mohamed Morsi and his effort last Thursday.
To say that any orders he gives.
Are not subject to review by Egypt's courts while that sparked all kinds of protests in Cairo all over Egypt so 41.
-- and wounding at least 400.
The question is what the administration response has -- and we're back with the panel Joan it was a released from the State Department and the White House and you heard the -- -- semantics there.
Concern or -- says.
Yeah I mean he almost Jay Carney almost seems like he would be relieved to be attacked by wild dogs rather than finish that press conference.
That the White House it was in a tough place because of the logic of the Arab Spring what was happening in the Middle East.
But at the end of the day we're watching Egypt and -- -- slow motion but if you rapid order turn into a new Muslim dictatorship.
That we'll have more anti American notes.
Then the previous Egyptian Egypt dictatorship.
And that is a real problem -- Leo Obama administration and I don't know how you can Parse it any other way and the simple fact is is that they have not been critical of a country where a guy who's a member of cult -- Essentially theocratic quasi fascist organization.
Has assumed dictatorial powers over his country and they they've refused to be critical because he helped.
With a temporary cease fire -- fight between Hamas and Israel.
Want as you can imagine Republican push back on this and other administration response was fast.
Senator McCain on fox and some.
Renounce what there's the statement and the move that he just made.
Allow the judiciary to function if the junior judiciary is Islam is flawed in some way.
Then that lets see who illness it can be cured over time but absolutely.
To assume this kind of power is is unacceptable to the United States of America and then we can outline what actions might be taken but first condemn.
This is not acceptable this was not what the United States American taxpayers expect and our dollar -- will be directly related to the progress towards.
-- -- Yeah I think Senator McCain is actually helping here by pointing at the United States has some leverage over Egypt.
I disagree with -- on the idea that it's becoming a new dictatorship -- -- home to the Muslim Brotherhood I think that in fact in the negotiations with Israel.
Morrissey show that he is able to separate himself out and act in some sort of pragmatic fashion we'll see how that goes forward.
But I don't know that he is representing the Muslim Brotherhood I don't understand how pragmatically.
Getting political capital from the United States of America by agreeing to the -- Shepherding the cease fire and then immediately.
The next day cashing in that political capital by because I declare yourself an unimpeachable dictator of the country.
Proves that he's a moderate it proves that he's wily.
We've -- more -- I guess we I guess we know this and there's no question the White House is hypocritical on on on the matter of human rights and on democracy.
-- so what.
Actually we have traded or Egypt has traded.
You know an autocrat who was pro western firm autocrat whose an Islamist -- -- -- and Sydney we you know we went from the guys in -- -- the guys and beards probably not a good trade.
But our goal is not to secure democracy for Egypt or any other country our goal is to secure the best -- week and that's the point of American foreign policy.
This would -- American interest so what ever it takes -- there is no advantage for us in alienating even more so.
The largest air country in the world and I really defend Obama administration on anything.
But I would say but I tumble head you -- yeah.
Hesitating to attack -- -- for doing what we know he was gonna do.
Installed -- as a Democrat as president for what we knew what happened how much evidence is that the Egyptian people want democracy by the way we have a ton of evidence on -- I haven't spent whether other protests yeah -- -- -- would have some people are protesting who.
Imagine this wasn't inevitably -- -- what it doesn't matter the point is.
What's the best for us.
And it seems to me getting along with Egypt is the best -- trying to put him.
Well you know I I don't approve it but I you know what I do think they're gonna have to -- it's not an American problem -- says he's doing this in service -- Developing a new constitution didn't want the legislative branch dissolved by the courts today he met with those judges and he's on his heels he's gonna make a deal watch.
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