Clinton warns Egypt collapse would devastate the region
Egyptians protesters carrying a wounded youth during clashes near Cairo's Tahrir Square on January 28, 2013.
January 30th, 2013
12:38 PM ET

Clinton warns Egypt collapse would devastate the region

By Jamie Crawford

As the political turmoil in Egypt continues, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says she's concerned about an Egyptian military official's assertion that the current situation could lead to the collapse of the Egyptian state.

"I think that would lead to incredible chaos and violence on a scale that would be devastating for Egypt and the region," Clinton said in a CNN interview Tuesday at the State Department. "There has to be some understanding by the new government that the aspirations that the people were expressing during the revolution in Egypt have to be taken seriously. And it - it cannot in any way be overlooked that there is a large number of Egyptians who are not satisfied with the direction of the economy and the political reform."

Thousands of anti-government protesters have clashed with police and troops in three Egyptian cities, and defied President Mohamed Morsy's curfew orders. Demonstrators are upset with recent political moves by Morsy, and charge that the country's first democratically elected president is a throwback to former dictatorships.

Gen. Abdul Fattah al-Sisi, Egypt's defense minister, warned Tuesday that continued instability could have grave consequences.

"The ongoing conflict among the various political forces... may lead to the collapse of the state and threaten the future of our coming generations," he said.

Clinton said the Egyptian government needs to realize it represents all of Egyptian society and must have a constitution that recognizes the rights of all minority groups.

"I think the messages and the action coming from the (Egyptian) leadership has to be changed in order to give people confidence that they're on the right path to the kind of future they seek," she said.

The U.S. secretary of state said she knows it's not an easy transition.

"It's very difficult going from a closed regime and ... essentially one-man rule, to a democracy that is trying to be born and learn to walk. But there are some clear lessons."

Clinton, who will retire from her position at the end of the week, spent a few tense hours with Morsy last November as the Egyptian president worked with the Israeli government and the leadership of Hamas to broker a cease-fire between the Israelis and the Islamic movement in Gaza.

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  1. massoud

    How pathetic that the Bankrupt US Government is further devaluing the US Dollar by printing money out of thin air and debasing our currency so they can give One Billion Dollars of Aid to the Thug run Government in Egypt.

    February 1, 2013 at 8:56 pm | Reply
  2. johnee

    Golly geee. She's brilliant. Perhaps clinton should have thought that and said that when SHE AND OBAMA WERE THROWING EVERYONE EXCEPT THE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD UNDER A BUS !

    January 31, 2013 at 10:53 am | Reply
    • Lucifer

      I don't care about towel heads in Egypt or any Arabs anywhere . . . all I care about is Lucifer and israel.

      I am a Lucifer worshiper and I support israel as do my brethren and my children.

      israel is a light upon the world and everyone should do all they can to let israel be israel forever. You unbelievers will a to bow

      We pray every Saturday to our Lord and God Lucifer to bring His Light upon the world through israel.

      Let no man without the mark 666 have no food or drink. Instead, shine like israel . . . See the mark in israel's flag.

      We support you israel!

      January 31, 2013 at 5:35 pm | Reply
  3. masaro

    democracy is failling many people and many nations! what's going on in Egypte prove to the world that the only rule that God allowed for nations of this world beside Himself(God) being the ruler is "dictatorship" when the Isralites wanted someone to rule them he gave them Saul! he said, he will take your daughters and make them his wives, he will rule over that not dictatorship? i think in Africa we dont need democracy, unless an "African democracy" is adopted!

    January 31, 2013 at 9:53 am | Reply
    • what1ever

      Isn't this proof that dictatorship is failing, since all of these regimes that have collapsed are dictatorships?

      January 31, 2013 at 1:07 pm | Reply
  4. Birchwood

    Sen. John Kerry in your new role of Secretary of State, please come forth, and bring common sense back to the world stage...... Possible meetings with Mr. Lavrov, Mr. Putin, the King of Jordan, Mr. Netanyahu, Mr. Mubarrrak, etc., may bring information that has not surfaced to you.

    It seems though no one knows, when President Obama quickly left the golf cart on the 13th hole, while golfing with Bill Clinton, a "due" political directive may have been given to President Obama that he may have detested (we saw the unique Hillary interview with President Obama several days later)................ It is reported the Walmart and Tyson money is behind the Clintons; controlling many people.

    Senator Kerry, your wife is a woman of honor gong back to the days when she was growing up in Africa helping people with her parents...... Have you considered being a Presidential Candidate the next time.

    January 31, 2013 at 7:10 am | Reply
  5. Abi

    Under Mr. Obama, the Americans have failed to support their faithful allay Mr. Mubarak of Egypt, who played a major role in keeping the Islamists in check. Unfortunately, now the USA, the secularists and the minorities in Egypt are paying a high price for making such awful decision!! Well done Mr President, congratulations

    January 31, 2013 at 5:52 am | Reply
  6. Realist

    Democracy just does not work with arabs – it has been their way ever since their existence. They need a strongman to beat them on the head. the west is living in a illusion if it thihks otherwise.

    January 31, 2013 at 2:21 am | Reply
    • what1ever

      That's it, because it's not like they are adults or anything, they need a paternal figure to tell them what to do.

      January 31, 2013 at 1:08 pm | Reply
  7. Steve

    What a sad situation in the whole middle east. Maybe one day enough blood will be spilled to tire all factions of fighting.

    January 30, 2013 at 8:30 pm | Reply
  8. Linda

    Does anyone spell check these headlines??? DevEsate?? Really?? How about devAstate.

    January 30, 2013 at 6:03 pm | Reply
  9. the dude

    @ tom- I did not think that- I knew they would be overly religious and trample the rights of those outside their religion. not to mention women, and others that have no religion. I hope the current regime in Egypt does collapse, it would restore my hope that the people there really want actual representation and freedom, not just the facade of one.

    January 30, 2013 at 5:08 pm | Reply
  10. Marine5484

    If Egypt is going to collapse, it will and there's not a single thing that we can do about it except to move in and occupy that country. I just hope that those idiots in Washington won't consider doing that. I'd far rather see Egypt go Communist as China eventually did in 1949!

    January 30, 2013 at 3:59 pm | Reply
  11. Tembisa

    Reblogged this on World Chaos.

    January 30, 2013 at 3:55 pm | Reply
  12. why

    Maybe we should hold on to the 200 Abrams we wanted to send them....

    January 30, 2013 at 3:05 pm | Reply
  13. But

    But it would be fun to watch.

    January 30, 2013 at 3:03 pm | Reply
  14. Tom

    We really thought the muslim brotherhood was going to have a real political dialogue with 100% of the countries people? Was a joke a year ago, is a even bigger joke today.

    January 30, 2013 at 2:50 pm | Reply
    • U.S.M.C. 1371

      Too bad those in the administration didn't think it threw before they caused this mess. Best advice for them now would be too set down and shut up before they majesty things worse then they already have.

      January 31, 2013 at 5:19 am | Reply

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