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And Egypt and what could come nexus -- -- former United States ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton.
He's a senior fellow at the American enterprise institute and they Fox's contributor ambassador Bolton always good to see you good morning.
Good morning -- -- to do with bill O'Connor just said that apparently -- -- day effort now may be -- -- this morning Alberta he told NBC news that he expects to be the next leader of Egypt.
And he also says quote Egypt as falling apart.
What is the potential that you think a birdie could be part of the new government -- lead that nation.
Well I gets a bad decision.
And by the interim government you know -- parity ran for president last year.
And he had no support his campaign collapsed -- his support.
Is the western media and western elites -- No -- is the former head of the international atomic energy agency so why anybody thinks the United Nations bureaucrat is the answer for Egypt that today is.
Beyond me and from the US point of view it was very bad news to hear he was to be.
Interim prime minister he's anti American.
That when he was head of the IAEA.
He bent over backwards to defend the Iran in nuclear weapons program so if ElBaradei is the answer is a badly weird question I must -- -- you know he's hailed as a supposed reform are an intellectual.
He you know he was United Nations I'm sure that you met him at some of the cocktail parties here.
Why did you say wouldn't be so bad and what do you think what -- lead and -- Egypt toward Iran.
Well he's not he's not he has no political base within -- his political bases in circles in the west for reasons that.
Perhaps the Europeans liked his tenure at the IAEA that there's no reason for the United States.
-- think that he was a success there but more importantly given the chaos we see on the streets they at political divisions within.
Egypt the notion that somebody who's spent his life working in the United Nations is now the answer to -- Complex economic and social problems that Egypt now faces.
I I think it was an entirely too.
Up placate the the westerners -- he -- is an Egyptian name that some western media people -- But in terms of a significant figure within Egypt it's it's an inexplicable choice -- the Egyptian ambassador Indian to the US this morning is saying this is quote not a cool.
Why is that significant saying that this and it is in the cougars legally they could -- -- forfeit their one point five billion dollars of our money.
Well let let's.
There is this question of a provision in the foreign operations appropriations act that appears to.
That mandate cutting off military assistance if it looks like it to the answer to that is congress can very quickly fix that if in fact that's right.
And I think it's something since the military assistance is a long time payment for Egyptian compliance with the Camp David accords.
It's very much and characters to keep that aid going -- to keep the military.
On the side of the United States and why do you think the military action as you said was the right thing to do.
Well -- the Muslim Brotherhood was working in revising the constitution.
And its repression of Coptic Christians and other steps it was taking.
To perpetuate itself in power as the cliche goes one person one vote one time just because somebody wins an election doesn't mean they have a mandate.
To to do whatever they want and yet that's what the brotherhood was.
Doing this was moving in a way that -- suppress freedom of expression freedom of conscience and Egypt.
And would have limited any prospect of future free and fair elections.
The military didn't have a lot of choice in my view there were already millions of opposition people in the streets.
Hopefully the military can restore order there the only force that can despite the bloodshed we've seen in recent days which there may be more.
But it certainly wasn't got to be restored by the opposition which -- you had said as.
Quite this united within itself played of the islamists potentially could say hey we won.
More -- one of 51% of the vote now they stole the election.
A legitimate election from us this is not democracy.
Well that that's exactly what they will -- and don't forget that Muslim Brotherhood in the -- office nor party won two thirds or three quarters of the seats in the Egyptian parliament.
So they're gonna say look -- people told us to play by western rules to hold elections you did we -- now you're taking it away from us.
I think it will add to the Muslim Brotherhood appeal but you know this was a situation where there were no good alternatives given the way the -- -- were proceeding.
And so I think what.
-- given a lack of attractive options the military moved.
Before it might have been too late to move.
And finally ambassador DC -- in the long range that this is a potential setback.
For the Islamic causes we've seen the islamists and other nations for the radical ideology or is this something that -- embolden them in the future.
Well I hope it's -- setback I think a lot now depends on how the military behaves.
What they're trying to do is say that everybody including the Muslim Brotherhood should participate in this interim political process.
Leading to new elections the -- -- got to make the tough decision whether they agree with that.
But whether they try for -- kind of political martyrdom to say we are the legitimate rulers it was stolen from us.
I think the brother of its top leadership is still internally undecided on.
That and it's just gonna have to play out over the next couple of days inside Egypt and quickly what do you think will happen was the end result.
Well I have I don't know but I hope the military can restore order and give confidence to everybody.
That they will proceed in a free and fair fashion and and and so real late.
The key decision makers are the brotherhood are they gonna go to -- to armed resistance.
And the military how they behave in the next I'd say we.
All right ambassador John Boehner is still playing out both on the streets and in the halls of power it is unsettled.
UNCF and -- -- it's good to see you thank you so much.
Thank you are.
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