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Fox News alert and our top story today crisis in Egypt for the second time in two years.
The nation's powerful army appears to be positioning itself to remove the country's leader.
Troops deploying near protest sites in -- facilities huge.
Crowds have filled Cairo's -- your square.
Waiting to hear more from the army.
Egypt is of course one of our most crucial allies in the region and some are suggesting that the Obama administration.
Is striking a different tone -- what we're seeing today that it didn't 2011.
When Hosni Mubarak who had been an ally to the United States for many years.
Was forced out.
Joining me now mark -- -- he's a fellow at the American enterprise institute and a former speechwriter for president George W.
And Fox -- strategic analyst Ralph Peters who is the author of hell or Richmond and -- at Gettysburg.
-- welcome back if we could just take a look at these pictures because at the crowd size is overwhelming.
-- this according to the numbers -- they're saying this this is dwarfing what we saw the Arab Spring.
And so far president has been reluctant to know in in words indeed really get behind these protesters because.
And the word of the administration is look this guy -- love or hate him with a democratically elected -- And there's a process for replacing him as if that's what they so desire your thoughts.
Administration's responses idiotic and that's putting -- Like democracy isn't just about won election it's about tolerance of an opposition about concessions are working together.
And as soon as he won the election barely won election.
-- he started is mobilizing the government -- people in key positions shutting out all other voices.
And what we're seeing in those -- her square in Cairo today.
Is it's almost miraculous it's what we want.
Tens -- millions of Muslims.
Rejecting radical -- saying we don't want -- country governed by Sharia law we don't want the Muslim Brotherhood.
And Obama's -- absent without leave -- ambassador Anne Patterson on the ground.
Has been issuing pro Morsi statements this is knots.
That's what the analysts have been -- part since there are all saying who the witches the people that we're seeing now in this square.
Many of them believe that the United States stands with more -- And should we be leaving them mark with that belief as opposed to.
You know we stand with these democratic.
Pushing protesters such as they are in Egypt and it's not exactly our version of democracy.
Similar to what President Obama suggested.
We felt during the Arab Spring back in February 2011.
You know this is that you lost opportunity these protests are one of the most promising.
Developments in the Middle East and the Arab Spring again you've got one point more than one point four million people.
Out there and career square out there protesting against the Muslim Brotherhood.
The largest protests in the history of -- And it's the people against the Muslim Brotherhood so who should America -- It's a two minute decision in the first minutes for coffee you side with the people against the Muslim Brotherhood.
And what we're what we're doing is -- repeating the same mistakes we made.
During the there in the revolution two years ago.
What we stood with Mubarak until the very end where Vice President Biden went out and said he's not a dictator Hillary Clinton said he's a family friend.
And they said we -- we support the process but wouldn't get behind the people -- the people got furious with us.
And anger in and betray and -- here we are now.
And -- we got out of bed with one Farrow and got in bed with another -- and now we're out there supporting the Muslim Brotherhood against the Egyptian people I mean.
What this is just such a huge lost opportunity.
If Morsi falls this is a blow to the prestige of the Muslim Brotherhood and radical Islam not just in Egypt.
But throughout the entire Arab world we should be behind these protesters we shouldn't be standing with -- we should be standing with the people.
We -- we have a sound but it's too long but I just -- -- tell you -- -- in February of 211 President Obama talked about how was an inspiration to people around the world.
To see the protesters calling for Mubarak's ouster.
Talking about the -- This is an inspiration to those who believe in the inevitability of human freedom we hear your voice is -- today as recently as Monday.
Look it's not our job to choose who's -- who's who's Egypt's leaders are.
We want to make sure everyone's voice -- heard it's done in a peaceful way.
In addition I think part of -- -- still the -- unity for policy and administration.
But -- clearly.
Part of it is state our State Department is obsessed with illusory stability the idea that.
Anything that stable is good and that's just not a viable approach in the Middle -- and -- got us via.
-- We're hearing everybody left in the administration -- about a military to Egyptian military is trying to -- read this they do.
Not want to take the reins of government.
-- -- to put in place a coalition of technocrats from various parties they're trying to save their country the dictator here it's -- and the Muslim brother.
What would happen if it's a -- you know is underway and if it's successful.
What who is likely to fill that power vacuum I mean that the military steps in we get these technocrats and then what happens next there's another democratic.
Election and they put in.
Yeah because of the people who need it shows -- -- mark.
Well they chose him the picture but that should look what happened was under Mubarak.
He gave no space for any of the democratic opposition the only people he gave space to as a Muslim Brotherhood because he was afraid of them.
So when when Mubarak fell.
They were the only ones who could organize themselves they had to step up on everybody else.
And so the Muslim Brotherhood came in they took power more more more see.
Came in and and started as shutting down judges and consolidating power around himself and refused to have a proper constitutional convention and all the rest.
That's what's gonna happen here is is the army's gonna come in and take -- out and do all the things that -- -- was supposed to do.
And that because they don't want powered -- military doesn't wanna be an -- of the economy's falling apart.
They don't -- -- be in charge of that they want to hand this off to somebody else and the democratic opposition is more organized now they'll have a better chance of having a true secular democratic outcome.
It's amazing to watch this unfold and to see the changing dynamics for our own administration and what they.
Will or will not do gentlemen thank you both so much.
They have -- makes -- analyst thank you thank you both so much.
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