Should the US be more engaged in the Mideast?
Concerns about rise of radicals in region
- Duration 5:48
- Date Nov 28, 2012
Concerns about rise of radicals in region
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Around the clock -- -- demonstrators now in central Cairo there out there again today as we -- nightfall in Egypt at times a 100000 egyptians.
Flooding downtown and sometimes violent protest of president.
Mohammed more seized power grab in the courts is a similar scene.
To the unrest that helped oust former President Hosni Mubarak and as -- Mubarak egyptians are complaining at -- -- His acting like a modern day -- Where is this headed retired four star general Jack Keane is here is a former vice chief of staff.
Army in a Fox News military analyst and an even bigger question that we will get to hear.
-- what about the region in the US role in general good morning to you.
Good morning -- I guess the easy way to understand this is that more -- made a power grab on the courts to protect himself in the Muslim Brotherhood.
And the courts traditionally have been aligned with the army.
And as you know the army was a -- -- Mubarak who has thrown out of powers that essentially.
The -- that we're watching here yeah look.
-- has been consolidating power since he got an office and you know he sacked at the top military brass and and other key government officials.
And the constitutional court concerned about the legislature has domination -- the Muslim Brotherhood disbanded it.
And now you've got this thing called the constitution.
To constituent assembly which is -- the constitution.
And a Muslim Brotherhood dominates it and they've been freezing out the minority Christian is the democratic reformers and the second was.
And so -- as he sees that and what what's happening is he's afraid that the judges would disband that as well.
And that's why he went after the judge what is so different out here is that her fear -- -- through the courts could expand Islamic law.
There and make it more prevalent throughout Egypt.
Well that's that's clearly.
Where they what the concern was that the court had with the constituent assembly.
That the new constitution.
Being written -- by the Muslim Brotherhood.
Would exclude the voice vote on minority in a future government spent an Islamic law or Sharia law would dominate clearly that's -- -- -- -- let's bring it home here for second because you make some strong points.
Including this one were watching and witnessing the result of US disengagement.
From the reason -- region rather in what sense do you see that general.
-- it when you talk to leaders in the region.
For the past three to four years they believe the United States has been disengaging.
Disarmament and -- rockets are announced policy in Afghanistan.
And that when -- Arab Spring took place.
As opposed to us getting involved in helping to shape that because the people who were pushing it would democratic reform as we pulled away from it.
And who's gaining ground he has -- islamists -- gaining ground al-Qaeda is on the rise in the region.
And that is indisputable there -- four countries who I've yet to have their future government resolved one as Libya.
-- -- Syria.
And others Tunisia and Yemen.
Egypt truly matters -- that becomes an Islamic authoritarian regime it'll have.
Significant impact on these other four countries I'm hoping the administration reassess -- its policy and starts to try to influence and shape some of these outcome.
So you believe we're losing ground in the battle with islamists and -- gaining more power -- and that certainly that is not something that -- a lot of people wanted to see after the Arab Spring.
-- you believe the window of opportunity on developing a more modern Arab world -- close.
Yeah -- absolutely what when you think about that you think about the sacrifices starting to happen in Afghanistan.
And happened in Iraq.
And we're not taking advantage of that and you -- the -- now.
Well right now -- play amount against us and and -- against mostly what we're really talking about here is.
The people in the Middle East to -- the drivers of instability up political and social injustice.
And lack of economic opportunity and that's what these reformers are seeking.
And that's I it seems to be something that we should be helping them to it.
To achieve that if would not involved in the process -- islamists and erratic.
And the radicals are gonna have undue influence and that's happening right before our -- how do we engaged in general.
Well this is mostly a diplomatic effortlessly in the United States has got -- -- a huge voice in the world that we stand for.
You know values of equality and freedom and then.
We should be should be using that voice and then diplomatically influence in the situation look at Libya.
We deposed they -- dictator.
And then we pulled away and did nothing to help that new moderate regime which we -- glad to see take hold.
In terms of helping them establish.
A security force that could gain control.
Over all of these militant groups that are in Libya we did nothing to help them.
And as a result of that the al-Qaeda.
And those affiliated groups have undue influence in the Ben Ghazi debacle.
Is all as a result of that there can we do anything at this point though I mean when you when you consider about the politics that are internally.
Operating within these countries.
In my own mind dust -- funny we can do.
Right now engage in Libya and let's get a security force stood up the let's thoughts getting some control -- -- caught in that country and pushing back on the radicals.
Let's choose a side and it admit in a war that's taken place in Syria and sought help and some of the moderate rebels even the United Kingdom.
It's starting to look towards doing something like that we should be involved in the process Weiss and on -- and -- and all over to a radical islamists and and the al-Qaeda.
Which eventually may be the case there's a power vacuum in that part of the world and that's clear to see general thank you Jack -- with us appreciate your analysis thank you sir.