As diplomacy hits a snag, U.S. eyes future with Egypt
August 7th, 2013
08:23 PM ET

As diplomacy hits a snag, U.S. eyes future with Egypt

By Elise Labott

International diplomacy hit a dead end Wednesday when the interim Egyptian government broke off talks to defuse the political crisis.

Egypt declared efforts to broker an agreement between the Muslim Brotherhood and the military-backed government a failure, putting an end to an intense effort by the United States, the European Union and other countries to end the stalemate sparked by the military's ouster of President Mohammed Morsy.

"These efforts have not achieved the hoped for results," the Egyptian presidency said in a statement on the end of the mediation. The statement placed blame on the Muslim Brotherhood.

The president thanked diplomats for mediation efforts but didn't take kindly to warnings from key U.S. senators in the region.

A top government spokesman berated Republican John McCain in the major Egyptian paper, Al Ahrah, accusing him of “falsifying the facts” and saying his “foolish statements are unacceptable.”

The international diplomacy did temporarily avert further deadly violence expected when the government ordered an end to sit-ins by Morsy supporters in two Cairo squares.

But on Wednesday, Egypt's prime minster said on state TV the decision to clear those actions was “irreversible,” suggesting a use of force could be imminent.

"I am skeptical we can avoid violence," one senior Arab diplomat said, noting that positions are hardening on both sides.

What leverage the United States has to impact positive change in Egypt will be the topic of discussion in the coming days.

McCain and his Republican colleague, Lindsey Graham, waded into the standoff in Cairo a day earlier, warning Egypt the United States would cut off aid if the military-appointed government did not fail to reinstitute democracy and release prisoners, including Morsy and other Brotherhood leaders.

The lawmakers, who visited Egypt at the behest of President Barack Obama have said the United States should call Morsy's ouster a "coup," a determination the administration has thus far avoided.

The United States is carefully weighing its next steps.

Deputy Secretary of State William Burns is due back in Washington after several days of meetings in Egypt. U.S. officials say they will continue to push for an inclusive political process, but recognize the climate is not encouraging.

"While further violent confrontations have thus far been avoided, we remain concerned and troubled that government and opposition leaders have not yet found a way to break a dangerous stalemate and agree to implement tangible confidence building measures," Secretary of State John Kerry and EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said in a joint statement.

"This remains a very fragile situation, which holds not only the risk of more bloodshed and polarization in Egypt, but also impedes the economic recovery which is so essential for Egypt's successful transition," they added.

Beyond dealing with the near-term issues of protestors in Cairo and the need for Egypt to move toward elections, Jon Alterman, director of the Middle East Program at the Center for Strategic & International Studies, says U.S. discussions of its future Egypt policy should include a long overdue examination of its goals and interests with Cairo.

"We need to have a discussion about the costs and benefits of different relationships with the Egyptians and the Egyptians need to have the same about their relationship with us," Alterman says. "This is a relationship that each side has taken for granted for decades and it has created a sense on both sides that each side is unappreciated."

Alterman notes the United States and Egypt have enjoyed a broad and deep relationship based on a strategic alignment on a whole range of regional issues. But the current Egyptian government, he says, feels the relationship has been one of dependency and undermines Egyptian interests and Egyptian sovereignty.

"Still, it's a relationship that Egyptian governments have benefited from and agreed to," he says. "Egypt has many options in the world but there is no country or collection of countries who can provide it with what the U.S. has been provided for decades."

For the United States, Alterman says, the relationship far transcends the military contacts and maintaining the peace treaty with Israel. Intelligence cooperation, access to the Suez canal and business for American companies are all benefits the U.S. needs to consider when it examines its ties with Cairo.

"If you want a different relationship, you have to articulate what that looks like, and accept you are going to have to give up some things to get other things," he says. "But this is not the government of Egypt who will make these decisions about their relationship with the US. We need to recognize that what is happening is part of their unfolding politics."

soundoff (164 Responses)
  1. California

    The #1 rule should be do not support the terrorists which is what we've been doing.

    August 12, 2013 at 12:05 am | Reply
  2. Mike500

    What's next for Egypt? Not democracy.

    August 11, 2013 at 8:20 pm | Reply
  3. Messenger

    consumption of energy in the African/middle east countries has surpassed exploitation.

    exports:

    http://www.crudeoilpeak.com/wp-content/gallery/northafrica_me/5countries_petroleum_product_exports_1980_2007.jpg

    consumption:

    http://www.crudeoilpeak.com/wp-content/gallery/northafrica_me/5countries_petroleum_consumption_1980_2009.jpg

    http://www.crudeoilpeak.com/wp-content/gallery/egypt/egypt_eia_oil_supplies_consumption_imports1980_2010.jpg

    August 11, 2013 at 6:09 am | Reply
  4. TomGI

    "What now in Egypt?"

    More chanting and protests, not much else.

    August 10, 2013 at 10:14 pm | Reply
  5. cliffintex

    McCain and Graham basically went there telling them what they had to do – the interim president told them to butt out...the suggested replacement ambassador (Ford) is a non-starter. Our foreign policy is in poor shape.

    August 10, 2013 at 7:17 pm | Reply
  6. trayvonlesson

    since egypt needs a pres that understands the "mb" very well, send them ours before our military removes him

    August 10, 2013 at 5:02 pm | Reply
  7. Chimichurri

    The US should stop throwing money around, thinking it gives them the right to put their noses everywhere. Concentrate your money and efforts at home. If the people of another country want to kill each other, none of your business.

    August 10, 2013 at 12:11 pm | Reply
  8. Sean

    To resolve this stalemate situation, Islamist and Morsy supporters need to understand and agree that you have the right to believe in the religious ideology of your choice but you have absolutely NO right forcing this ideology on others. An Islamic state and sharia law is forcing their ideology on others, that is not democracy and that would not work. It is extremely crucial to separate between religion and state.

    August 10, 2013 at 10:55 am | Reply
    • samy

      I'm a muslim, and part our teachings is that there is no compulsion in religion. so I cannot force people to believe in God or force people to do anything they don't want to do. Many have misunderstandings about Islam, it is about equality, freedom that does hurt others, taking people out of poverty thru a better economy, justice thru fair courts etc. just to name a few...almost the same parameters that are found in America today. but the difference is that Islamic principles worries about the citizen in this world and in the next. Its aim is paradise in this interim stage. I think I can write it and express it in a better way but I hope you get the idea....thanks and have a great day.

      August 10, 2013 at 11:35 am | Reply
      • Pete

        @want,that's why people came to make a country called America because of religious persecution from England...I understand whole heartedly your take and respect freedom of religions but its these ME countrys that are fighting amongst themselves claiming its in the name of religion is why they're fighting ..Religion has been the basis for most of histories biggest battles from before the crusades on to now and as long as the religious extremists are still around trying to push their beliefs on innocent people you and I know it'll continue all in the name of religion..

        August 10, 2013 at 11:52 am |
      • Pete

        @samy,my cell wrote the wrong word,sorry,not want!!

        August 10, 2013 at 11:55 am |
      • rodboy

        Can you show us a muslim country where that is practiced??

        August 10, 2013 at 9:52 pm |
      • Fouad

        History proves it where the entire world benefited from Islam. Unfortunately, due to internal and external elements in this world, true representation of Islam in many countries is not feasible. But Turkey is a close example. With anti-Islam forces as in the Egyptian coup, I'm afraid it may even be more difficult to give more examples of successful Moslem governments.

        August 11, 2013 at 2:27 am |
      • Organic1

        That explains the beekeeper uniforms...

        August 11, 2013 at 10:27 am |
      • Phelix Unger

        @Samy, I really don't care to know anymore about your religion or the catholic religion, or the jewish religion, but I can say I can insult any religion on this planet. Freedom of Speech gives me the right. Myself though I like to be treated the way I treat others and that for the most is as good as it gets.

        Not everyone on this planet drinks your koo-laid, or anybody else's for that matter. Carry your shields high. The rest of us are doing just fine.

        Laws from religious books are the basis for today's democratic justice system. Not stoning anybody, not whipping anybody, not be heading anybody, these are things that we know as a society, what whipping looks like, the murder, we've lived through that already once, now if your caught you will be charged with attempted murder and have to serve 20 just on that. Religion has had its power over the people, that won't happen again.

        Now the article, when I heard the people of Egypt overthrew Mubarak, I thought this is crazy, the first time since what we know as the beginning of time the people will know what it is to have freedom. Silly me, the populace took to long to present a coherent message. While a group of politically minded Muslims of the Muslim Brotherhood. Well they were ready, they had been planing for such an opportunity for almost 100 years. Well there comes an election to replace the old guard, the muslim brotherhood won. Elected democratically. Mow he had a few foreign policies with Syria and a standing deal with America and Israel. Now what else he was doing behind the scenes, well I don't know, I'm not there. I do know they had a meeting they thought was private and the audio was recorded. Where they're planning to go blow their neighbors dam to piece. Egypt doesn't need a war right now. So if he was working against the interest of his country, well I'll call it a coup. Now though the brotherhood has to recognize that the country as a whole also spoke and agreed with the military. No if Morsi is to be tried start the trial, otherwise let them all go. The brotherhood is going to have to wait a long time before being in office. Maybe just try and win a few seats and survive.

        I know I've gone on a bit, but I come back to the thought that one of the greatest civilizations on the planet, should work hard and get it right this time. Egypt was around before any of today's religions. Six or seven thousands years is a long time. It would have been nice, still a chance it can be.

        August 12, 2013 at 1:46 am |
  9. are122

    Unfortunately you can't go to college and get a degree in experience. The position of President is a pretty poor place to begin learning. Obama appears to be respected by no one. He sends goofballs like Hillary Clinton and John McCain to develop friendships. HC makes dippy apology videos and JM thinks if he says jump everyone should ask, how high. The US is badly off course in foreign policy and continues to pay the price.

    August 10, 2013 at 10:43 am | Reply
    • Sean

      You are right!!

      August 10, 2013 at 10:56 am | Reply
      • samy

        You are wrong. I'm a muslim, and part our teachings is that there is no compulsion in religion. so I cannot force people to believe in God or force people to do anything they don't want to do. Many have misunderstandings about Islam, it is about equality, freedom that does hurt others, taking people out of poverty thru a better economy, justice thru fair courts etc. just to name a few...almost the same parameters that are found in America today. but the difference is that Islamic principles worries about the citizen in this world and in the next. Its aim is paradise in this interim stage. I think I can write it and express it in a better way but I hope you get the idea....thanks and have a great day.

        August 10, 2013 at 11:33 am |
    • Pete

      @are122,Pres.Obama never said he was on top of his game on foriegn affairs but again he's not going around starting wars in other countrys for the resources they supposidly have does he..Most of these countrys don't respect anything but brute force and can't relate to diplomacy ,intelligence instead of again looking down the barrel of a gun with threats .Hillary,Kerry are Pres.Obamas reps and if Egypt and other ME countrys want to continue their fighting amongst themselves as children well maybe its time for us as a nation to cut all ties and let them be without not only our friendship but our foriegn aid as well!!My take is let them fight amongst themselves and after the smoke clears offer an olive branch as a token of friendship or just leave them to die at their own countrymens hands!!Most ME countrys have been fighting between themselves for thousands of years so why try to teach an old dog new tricks when the old dog doesn't really care,right..Leave them to destroy themselves and see how it plays out,plain and simple because before our country was around who gave a crap about these warring ignorents anyway,right!!

      August 10, 2013 at 11:40 am | Reply
      • Peppy

        Don't you mean Quasi pres oblunder ??? this cats, never been on top of any game, facts show what dismal failure he has been. Fact Detroit is dead & al Qaeda is very much alive. Hows that closing of gitmo going??? Solyndra anyone ??? The list is just endless of bonehead moves these jerks have done.

        August 10, 2013 at 12:36 pm |
      • Pete

        @Peppy,obviously you don't know jack about either this countrys economy or foriegn affairs both being fixed by this president without republicans help...The Big Three are at their highest production levels in years and out selling foriegn imports and quess what Peppy even against what you supposidly think which ain't much our country is doing much better than what your idol in Bush left us...And yes Al Qaeda isn't as strong as again you supposidly think and boy I can't count the boneheaded blunders your boy in Bush did ,enjoy!!

        August 10, 2013 at 2:31 pm |
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    August 9, 2013 at 11:11 pm | Reply
  11. Sean

    Yes, Morsy was democratically elected but so was Hitler, and maybe if the German army got rid of him in time we would not have WWII!! Morsy and the Muslim Brotherhood abused democracy they used it only to push their own agenda. That was a hell of a move by the Egyptian army responding to people’s demand for early election they added a new dimension to the definition of bravery!!!

    August 9, 2013 at 9:25 am | Reply
    • Pete

      @Sean,that's because Hitlers propaganda minister in Joseph Goebbels did a hell of a sales job on Germany with Hitler making him look like the second messiah..That's how he got the Hitler youth movement going before he want after all the Jews back in the thirties!!Morsy is nothing of the sorts ,just a weak sister who couldn't handle the job that's all and Egypt knew it!!

      August 9, 2013 at 11:26 am | Reply
      • samy

        you are obsessed with the Hitler idea. strange. please this is not the same from far or near.

        August 9, 2013 at 11:29 am |
      • Pete

        @Samy,that's why I spoke of the differences between the two that Sean brought up and how Morsy was just weak in his position as leader of Egypt when Hitler was not!!

        August 9, 2013 at 1:39 pm |
      • Sean

        I was just using Hitler as an example of how democracy could go very wrong!!

        August 9, 2013 at 2:31 pm |
      • samy

        does not apply here. it is wise to use applicable examples to clarify your views. George Bush was elected too, many were not happy but in America, there is sustainable democracy and no president can stay more than he is allowed. take care.

        August 9, 2013 at 2:33 pm |
    • Matt

      Hitler wasn't democratically elected. Read up on your history instead of regurgitating stupid examples you read online. The Hindenburg appointed him chancellor in January 1933. His party only had 38% of the vote.

      August 9, 2013 at 5:46 pm | Reply
    • Spirlock

      So Sean are you saying that democracy is not the right form of governance?

      August 9, 2013 at 9:23 pm | Reply
  12. ABO ABDALH

    From what scares America?
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    August 9, 2013 at 7:36 am | Reply
    • PEPPY

      Be nice or the U.S.A. will send Lurch over and bore ya to death !!!!!

      August 9, 2013 at 1:52 pm | Reply
  13. Just_realistic

    That pic looks like a good time for a drone strike!

    August 9, 2013 at 1:55 am | Reply
  14. brian

    By not insisting that Morsy is returned to the presidency the US is supporting a coup against a democratically elected government. The US has been for decades saying it wants to see democracy spread including in the middle east, it says it isn't against the people, but actions like this reveal that these are all lies. They are not in support of the democratic aspirations of the people of the middle east, they are in support of dictators and behind the scenes players (egyptian military) because the US gets a benefit from this. The US is a nation built on lies and hypocrisy. They wonder why the mideast hates them, THIS is why. The US is deceitful and can never be trusted. They only let nations rise if it benefits them. A democratic election took place and the people have spoken who they wanted to lead the country. The opposition didn't like it and kept protesting, encouraged by the military and mubarak regime goons. In the US many didn't want Obama to be president, but when he was elected the opposition can't just demand that he is removed. This is what happened in Egypt and the US is supportive of it. They aren't for democracy they are for greed and power. This will just reaffirm mideasterners views of the US as a snake, bully, and liar. The world will be a better place when true democracies rise and take the place of the US as the world superpower.

    August 9, 2013 at 12:32 am | Reply
  15. Carl

    What has Obama has ever done RIGHT?

    August 8, 2013 at 10:33 pm | Reply
    • Pete

      @Carl,more than that idiot Bushs you voted for and that's fact!!

      August 10, 2013 at 12:01 pm | Reply
  16. us_1776

    Egypt, what are you going to do with that DO-OVER ??

    .

    August 8, 2013 at 8:29 pm | Reply
  17. Sean

    I think the best thing the US could do for Egypt and everyone is to stop interfering in their business. The statements and comments made by John McCain and Lindsey Graham show how the Obama administration is completely out of touch. Morsy and the Muslim Brotherhood used democracy to push their own agenda of religious theocracy over people’s future, they put themselves above the law and destroyed the country’s economy, how could anyone with even minimal brain would want them back?

    August 8, 2013 at 4:27 pm | Reply
    • HANY

      Yes Sean You are right,they are more than evil him self ,you can see the following link that they used the media to promote fake situation .....http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=0b4_1375922321

      August 8, 2013 at 5:05 pm | Reply
    • Gamer

      MB is forcing the military into bloodshed this is what they want they had their chance a while back to be part of the government but refused and started these sit ins and protests.Alot of people where bussed in at sights and made to protests to get themselves in the news.

      August 8, 2013 at 8:32 pm | Reply
      • Spirlock

        Really the military HAS to shoot people? I dont think so.

        August 9, 2013 at 12:40 am |
    • Spirlock

      People voted them in, people should vote them out in the next election. Period.

      August 9, 2013 at 12:40 am | Reply
      • Gamer

        MB has to beat people at random in the streets

        August 9, 2013 at 2:44 am |
    • samy

      Let Egyptians talk about Egypt. I am from Egypt and the MB are good people. they were starting to build an economy based on equality, many poor people benefited from president Morsy. You have to realize that we have Generals that control half of the Egyptian economy, they are a rich army in a poor country. don't be fooled by the Army's move, the Army supporters went out and were fooled by the army, it is a cover up! Long time ago, and I know people very close to reality stated that the Army Generals swore to themselves that no one will rule Egypt except a man from within. Go figure. ...and Please don't talk about things that you don't know of, while Morsy was in power, he did not enforce any views, shut down channels, arrested anyone.....

      August 9, 2013 at 10:57 am | Reply
      • romer

        Really things were getting better?!? For WHO? Rolling black outs lasting for hours every night, epic climbing unemployment, the fact that they had to loan oil just to keep the power on...the violence and aggression was dramatically increasing BEFORE the second revolution! No sir, you are spinning a yarn here and are not being honest about your own country. Egyptians do want freedom and prosperity and not to be controlled by the whims of the bearded ones.

        August 9, 2013 at 1:10 pm |
  18. Al

    Just keep the terrorist out of power and Egypt will be just fine, and let's hope that Obama does not back any more terrorist individuals again.

    August 8, 2013 at 4:21 pm | Reply
    • Sean

      Amen

      August 8, 2013 at 4:28 pm | Reply
  19. waitaminute

    SNAG ? SNAG??? They would probably hang OBAMA on the spot.

    August 8, 2013 at 3:38 pm | Reply
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    August 8, 2013 at 2:59 pm | Reply
    • Carl

      Stupid is as stupid does.

      August 8, 2013 at 10:35 pm | Reply
  21. the navy mp adivs is congruent to 1 report

    So the art of the drone plane to beat the bet ,,,!!!! anybody could build a drone plane – but the lesson to hit harriet with a shimnao bomb today is real order the naturel drop of trckery lesson \ read shiman bomb drop on harriet today – then the vending machine riots in washington with pumkin whip and jose muilinos leg as what is leagle desicartion and what is not – the dron isnt soppsed to real hit anybondy as its art project worked on together whiel its not desicartion just sitting ther -the shimano spring loaded bomb drop is whats naturel miillitary the anwere to day as susceesfull

    August 8, 2013 at 2:29 pm | Reply
  22. the navy mp adivs is congruent to 1 report

    For love – to give it anther try grace ?

    August 8, 2013 at 2:23 pm | Reply
  23. the navy mp adivs is congruent to 1 report

    Have to hit harriet with a shimano bomb rt now ready ? set + echhemm

    August 8, 2013 at 2:21 pm | Reply
  24. California

    Obama has supported the "rebels" in nearly every country with an uprising. The problem is he leaves a completely unorganized country fro the terrorists to take over. Heck in Libya the terrorists were fighting along side the rebels and they couldn't see Benghazi happening with hundreds of warnings?

    As I've always said democrats best friend is ignorance.

    August 8, 2013 at 1:22 pm | Reply
    • Jack

      Hillary should get all the credit for Benghazi and should pay her due diligence not to run for pres.

      August 8, 2013 at 3:45 pm | Reply
    • Pete

      @California,this statement just shows your ignorence with most presidents mostly republicans aided,abetted the rebels,foriegn dictators,remember Reagan and the afghan rebels with Charlie Wilson of Texas selling arms to afghan rebels against Russian troops and special envoy Rumsfield selling serin gas to Kadafi,Hussein to use on their own people..Boy are you republicans ignorent and you just proved it ,move on troll!!

      August 8, 2013 at 7:16 pm | Reply
    • Bev Varnado

      True. Obama is so naïve about foreign affairs that he thinks all rebels are right. I wonder what he would think if we rebelled against his horrible rule?

      August 9, 2013 at 9:19 pm | Reply
  25. California

    This is Obamas mess.

    August 8, 2013 at 12:22 pm | Reply
    • Feerless Freep

      George Bush shouting from the rafters
      demanded all these Muslim countries have free and fair elections.
      Egypt did, and they voted in Morsi.
      And this is Obamas mess ?

      If Obama sided with the Military, it was a coup.
      If Obama sided with Democracy, he stands with Morsi.

      You are an idiot.

      August 8, 2013 at 1:12 pm | Reply
      • California

        Typical response from a radical liberal. To you people it will be Bush's fault for 100% of everything and your messiah could NEVER do no wrong.

        Look in the mirror for your idiot, idiot.

        August 8, 2013 at 1:19 pm |
      • Pete

        @California,I stated facts and you say I was uneducated but what's funny you never answered the question from yesterday go look,now who's the idiot siding with a known idiot in Bush,I rest my case troll!!

        August 8, 2013 at 4:37 pm |
      • Pete

        @California,facts be known Bush was never a foriegn affairs man and even his advisors weren't..That's why he screwed up everything he touched wether it'd be here stateside with domestic policies or overseas with foriegn affairs ,just an overwhelming failure as president and California no matter how you cut it its his fault ,his presidency ,his responsibility so quit being in denile for putting that idiot in the WH twice and own up to your and every republicans mistake in voting for that Texas sized idiot who ruined America as a president and you know it troll!!

        August 8, 2013 at 5:13 pm |
      • peppy

        Leno had a good point, if dingle berry will lie to kids his favorite food is broccoli, well what can you say, hes a pathological liar, period

        August 9, 2013 at 2:55 pm |
      • peppy

        @ cali, are you really that dense?, you voted for it enjoy it

        August 9, 2013 at 2:56 pm |
    • amrazim9

      Not Obama mess or anybody else. No one, I repeat no one – can tell Egypt what to do....The best thing let the Egyptain do what they have to do. Whether cut US Aides or not it does not matter – the Egyptian people never ever benefited from US Aides anyhow......

      August 8, 2013 at 2:25 pm | Reply
      • Jack

        Then Hillary and Obama should have stayed out of it. Now they own it.

        August 8, 2013 at 3:42 pm |
    • Jack

      This is Hillary's and Obama's works. They need to take just due for it.

      August 8, 2013 at 3:39 pm | Reply
      • Pete

        @jack,did Bushs,Cheney or Reagan own up to anything they did that negetively effected America or a foriegn country..Obviously not and until then you can stuff that idea until a republican president has the cajones to say its their fault and it'll be a cold day in hell when that happens so get off Pres.Obamas,Hillarys case,understood!!Bush,Cheney both interviewed recently for HBO,CNN said if they'd to do it all over again they wouldn't change a thing,now that's not only arrogence but a an overwhelming dose of ignorence to go with it and you'll say don't blame Bushs ,Cheney or anyone one else republican,when pigs fly!!

        August 8, 2013 at 7:05 pm |
  26. RC

    "The lawmakers, who visited Egypt at the behest of President Barack Obama have said the United States should call Morsy's ouster a "coup," a determination the administration has thus far avoided."

    Sure call it a coup then cut off the money from the military junta.

    August 8, 2013 at 12:14 pm | Reply
    • amrazim9

      Sure cut the US Adies from Egypt. Egypt is already getting a lot of money from UAE. I would not be surprised, if before Morsi left office he already sold Egypt to UAE.

      August 8, 2013 at 2:27 pm | Reply
    • amrazim9

      Who do you think are feeding those millions demonstrators anyhow? UAE!!! Dah!

      August 8, 2013 at 2:29 pm | Reply
    • amrazim9

      It is amazing. How once, Egypt was a Giant Power in the Middle-East – now they are controlled by a tiny little desert Country called, UAE! Stunning and sad.

      August 8, 2013 at 2:32 pm | Reply
      • Obama and US=lying POS

        Egypt is not being controlled by the UAE you numbskull, its being controlled (for decades) by the US. Egyptians have spoken regarding who they wanted in power through an elected government. I agree that he isn't going to be the best president ever but so what, how many US presidents have there been that sucked? several. The point is you wait until next election to vote that party out of power and try someone else. If every president was to be removed prematurely because a large portion of the country didnt like him there'd be instability forever. That's why there are laws as to how it should work.

        August 9, 2013 at 12:38 am |
      • Pete

        @Obama,US lying,you just said why basicly the president you call a pos is letting things take its course naturally in Egypt..Pres.Obama wants a democraticly run election,government and that's why he and others basicly haven't interfered yet..And yes we do have some say so wether you like it or not giving countrys like Egypt foriegn aid and if they don't like it they can return the aid and go on their own which you know they won't being dependant for decades on our handouts!!Remember the last thing against everything you think is Pres.Obama doesn't want or need another senseless war and our boots on the ground like in Iraq,Afghanistan and if he can send some advisors to just oversee without interfering like McCain,Graham its better for US altogether right...Now who's the POS now I bet ,it was the last president you elected in Bush wasn't it because we'd be warring against Syria,Egypt,N Korea and God knows who else if he were in office wouldn't we!!!

        August 9, 2013 at 8:56 am |
  27. AZGunslinger

    I would imagine it is difficult to cultivate international relationships in the Middle East when all of your embassies are closed because we have "Al Qaeda" on the run.

    August 8, 2013 at 12:07 pm | Reply
  28. sdfsdgfsdfg

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    VENEZUELAN AGENCIES ARE SELLING NANO TRANSMISORS ARES TO DO THIS ROBS.
    POLITICIANS WHO ARE STEALING BIOLOGICAL INFORMATION ONLY FRIENDS ARE NOT FOR SALE IS A MATTER OF GENETIC INFORMATION AFTER VENEZUELA IRRADIATED

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    August 8, 2013 at 12:02 pm | Reply
  29. sdfsdgfsdfg

    wwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww5674567wwwwMR ANDERSON COOPER NEED REPORT CRIMES TO BNORTH AMERICAN AGENCIES IN VENEZUELA REMEMBER WE HAVE BEEN REPORTED THIS MASIVE ASSESINATIONS FOR MORE THAN 14 YEARS THERE ITS NOT PROBABILY TO BE A LIE.
    VENEZUELAN AGENCIES ARE SELLING NANO TRANSMISORS ARES TO DO THIS ROBS.
    POLITICIANS WHO ARE STEALING BIOLOGICAL INFORMATION ONLY FRIENDS ARE NOT FOR SALE IS A MATTER OF GENETIC INFORMATION AFTER VENEZUELA IRRADIATED

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    August 8, 2013 at 11:58 am | Reply
  30. NJD

    There's not much anyone can do. Millions of Egyptians in the grass roots, maybe not quite the majority, but still quite a lot believe in Islamic fundamentalism and the end of Israel. The generals have no choice now, if they value their lives, they've just simply gone all in...

    August 8, 2013 at 11:39 am | Reply
  31. QueenVelveetaJamimaLaqueetaTelmaColenderDaKeeshaaLaWafflez

    We give Egypt billions in aid and they hate our guts.

    August 8, 2013 at 11:27 am | Reply
    • waitaminute

      Correction THEY HATE OBAMA. Not Americans in general.

      August 8, 2013 at 3:41 pm | Reply
  32. Suprised

    I've seen it all now...John McCain and Lindsay Graham defending the Muslim Brotherhood and demanding the realease of Muslim prisoners. Wow. What a change in philosophy by the GOP.

    August 8, 2013 at 11:21 am | Reply
  33. U.S. Citizen

    The way that this U.S. administration undermines its own inclusive democracy; perhaps Israel will break ties with the U.S. as well. The Israeli form of government respects diversity even more than this Obama administration.

    August 8, 2013 at 11:05 am | Reply
    • Suprised

      Israel breaking ties with the US? This would be suicide. If Israel did this, they would not survive one week without a frontal assault by every Muslim country in the world. Im sure they can do a great job defending themselves, but they would suffer tremendously to their way of life and fincancial secter. This is one of the most illogical comments ever.

      August 8, 2013 at 11:24 am | Reply
      • Reckless

        That's how conservatives see foreign policy... like a child who wants to take their ball and go home

        August 8, 2013 at 1:39 pm |
  34. U.S. Citizen

    Why would Egypt want to have ties to a U.S. Administration that undermines its own inclusive democracy?

    August 8, 2013 at 11:02 am | Reply
  35. jason

    ok why do we even care i mean really they burn our flag how about this we need to just stay the hell out of that country and let it go to hell on its own

    August 8, 2013 at 10:36 am | Reply
    • Reckless

      Because they're really important because of their location. We set up missile defense systems there....

      August 8, 2013 at 1:43 pm | Reply
  36. Pete

    Thanks for blocking me again CNN moderators,fine job jerks!!

    August 8, 2013 at 10:15 am | Reply
    • CNN

      You are welcome PHUCKHEAD.

      August 8, 2013 at 1:14 pm | Reply
      • Pete

        @CNN,take a flying leap turd!!

        August 8, 2013 at 4:39 pm |
  37. Dave Rogers

    This could be serious. We will need to find a new place to put a lot of military equipment before US arms manufacturers have to slow production. If no alternative is found, this could eventually affect US politician's re election funds.

    August 8, 2013 at 9:56 am | Reply
  38. CMMLS

    70% of Egyptians do not want money from the United States yet we continue to give it to them. Why don't we redirect that money to lowering our deficit or fixing bridges instead of to a nation that hates us.

    August 8, 2013 at 9:50 am | Reply
    • Dave Rogers

      As long as Egypt kicks back to US politician's campaign funds, they get the money.

      August 8, 2013 at 9:57 am | Reply
  39. rla

    Obama and the state department under Hillary and now Kerry- CAUSED this with their vapid liberal ideas! The Egyptian people are getting it right and our fool negotiators need to get out of the way!

    August 8, 2013 at 9:09 am | Reply
    • Feerless Freep

      The people of Egypt caused this.
      You are a moron.

      August 8, 2013 at 1:16 pm | Reply
      • Pete

        @Feerless Freep,you're right just stay out of Egypts business as in Syria and let them fight amongst themselves..Does anyone here think another country should intervene here every time we get into a squabble,of course not and it should be that way for them too..Just remember we give foriegn aid to over 150 countrys and it should stop as well..If they dispise us as some middle eastern countrys do than quit the aid and go our seperate ways,enough said!!I'm tired of helping every other country and getting nothing in return so its time to cut the cord and let them be on their own and put that foriegn aid to good use here where it should of been used all along!!

        August 8, 2013 at 5:04 pm |
      • Jerry

        And Kerry was over there in the beginning playing ball with the MB. So, no the Egyptians shouldn't trust us. I don't trust us.

        August 9, 2013 at 10:57 am |
  40. 2L

    This is why the ME hates us!! STAY OUT OF THIER BUSINESS

    August 8, 2013 at 8:53 am | Reply
  41. melfeke

    Screw everyone, Egyptians have spoken and Morsi is NEVER coming back

    August 8, 2013 at 7:39 am | Reply
    • Gamer

      :)

      August 8, 2013 at 8:23 am | Reply
    • buschChainey

      Egyptian people have NOT spoken. The Military DICTATORS and their THUGS have spoken through the barrels of their guns.

      August 9, 2013 at 11:31 pm | Reply
  42. Jack Smith

    Kill the Sisi. All he cares about is his ego and another star to put on his uniform. The US doesn't want to encourage the past, but guide Egypt towards a better future

    August 8, 2013 at 4:38 am | Reply
    • Gamer

      From what Ive found out Sisi is doing a great job got this from another sight from Egyptians , the MB is pulling all kinds of political stunts trying to justify their worthless cause. They couldn't run the country and the younger generation has had enough. They don't want the U.S. involved because they don't trust us. The Egyptian Military has been very professional so far, its the MB trying to cause all this chaos.

      August 8, 2013 at 6:17 am | Reply
      • Gamer

        From what I have read on the blogs the people against Morsi gave fact after fact after fact, and the MB supporters no fact just Rhetorical babble. The only fact true on the MB side is they got tossed out.

        August 8, 2013 at 6:43 am |
      • Gamer

        I got tired of main stream news and the biased so I went to the source as best I could. Also beware of Muslim cyber warriors.

        August 8, 2013 at 6:49 am |
      • Reality

        Terrorist Sissy is destroying democracy.

        August 8, 2013 at 8:41 am |
      • Gamer

        completely wrong MB is destroying everything by forcing the military into bloodshed the MB had their chance to be part of the government but refused. MB will tear Egypt apart because they cant have their way.

        August 8, 2013 at 8:29 pm |
      • buschChainey

        Let us stop kidding ourselves. Supporting MILITARY THUGS is Not a solution. We should NOT turn our backs against the democratic principles we very much cherish in the US.

        Release the legitimately elected President Mursi, and tell the MILITARY THUGS to go back to their barracks where they belong. If Egyptian people do not like Mursi then let them remove him through the ballot box.

        August 9, 2013 at 11:38 pm |
  43. Palle sol Fuoco

    The U.S. interest here is the protection of Israel. Any hope of peace in the region died with Sadat.

    August 8, 2013 at 12:30 am | Reply
    • Thinker23

      I beg to disagree. The truth is that peace can only be possible as long as Israel is protected. If the Arab states will be allowed to start another war against Israel which is considered to be one of the four largest nuclear powers on the planet then peace will become a far away dream.

      August 8, 2013 at 7:52 am | Reply
      • Jerry

        Think of the economic ramifications off all of this, if you dare. Americans have no idea just how dangerous this is...god help us all. And we have another Jimmy Carter calling the shots.

        August 9, 2013 at 10:54 am |
  44. Beth

    This is a well-written and informative article. Alterman's comments stimulated me to take a different view of the crisis than the one I have been holding. There is a future, regardless of how the sit-ins get resolved. If the US is to get out of reaction mode, Alterman's are the sort of questions we need to be asking.

    August 7, 2013 at 10:35 pm | Reply
    • Jerry

      Oh really? Hahaha

      August 9, 2013 at 10:51 am | Reply
  45. Gamer

    Looks like the ball is in SISI`s court. MB is forcing the issue, this is going to get interesting.

    August 7, 2013 at 9:43 pm | Reply
  46. George patton

    "..Al Ahrah, accusing him [McCain] of “falsifying the facts” and saying his “foolish statements are unacceptable.”.."
    before only American knew but now entire world knows him for making foolish statements, so much for his leadership.

    August 7, 2013 at 9:14 pm | Reply
    • Jerry

      I was in Europe about a month ago and saw their reaction to obamas goofy visit to Germany. Talk about silly speak, the Europeans see right through McCain and the obama mob as well.

      August 9, 2013 at 10:42 am | Reply
    • Jerry

      Oh, just remember McCain was there with obamas blessings. Obama has muffed this so badly he simply has no sway here. And, just remember Kerry was in Egypt kissing the brotherhood in the beginning...so they all know what a bag of gas he is. American is now seen, globally as the weak sister and blowing in the wind. The community organizer administration has failed. And we have years off him left...it is frightening!

      August 9, 2013 at 10:50 am | Reply

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