July 2nd, 2013
10:49 AM ET

U.S urging Morsy to call early elections amid official denials

By Elise Labott

The United States urged Egypt’s President Mohammed Morsy to call early elections with anti-government demonstrations intensifying and the Egyptian military pressuring him to resolve the situation, senior administration officials told CNN privately.

"We are saying to him, 'Figure out a way to go for new elections,'" one senior official said on Tuesday. "That may be the only way that this confrontation can be resolved."

The source asked not to be identified due to the diplomatic sensitivity of the matter.

But publicly, the administration pushed back at the characterization that it urged early elections.

State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki went so far as to say reports saying so were inaccurate.

“It's not up to the U.S. to make that decision or to make that call,” Psaki said.

White House, National Security Council spokeswoman Bernadette Meehan also  disputed that the United States is “urging” Morsy to call early elections.

“President (Barack) Obama has encouraged President Morsy to take steps to show that he is responsive to the concerns of the Egyptian people and underscored that the current crisis can only be resolved through a political process.  As the president has made clear since the revolution, only Egyptians can make the decisions that will determine their future,” Meehan said.

In multiple conversations with Morsy and his aides, the other officials told CNN that U.S. Ambassador to Egypt Anne Patterson and other senior State Department officials have explained that the demands the Egyptian people are making on the street are similar to the ones both Washington and allies have been urging Egypt to take for weeks.

At the same time, the senior administration officials who spoke with CNN stopped short of saying Morsy should step down immediately.

Those officials say the United States also  has warned the  Egyptian military that it risks losing U.S. aid if it carries out a military coup amid the political crisis.

Protests turn deadly as deadline looms for Morsy

 “We are trying to get President Morsi  to appoint a new prime minister, a new Cabinet and get rid of the prosecutor general,” one senior official said. “This is the kind of  outreach he needs to do to demonstrate to the opposition that he is governing all Egyptians. So far he hasn’t done anything to show that. “

Obama reiterated in a phone call with Morsy on Monday that the Egyptian leader must take action, the officials said.

Although the officials said nothing in the Egyptian constitution gives Morsy the authority to call for new elections, they noted it may be the only way to end the political crisis that has engulfed Egypt.

Officials have also warned the Egyptian military that any military coup would trigger  U.S. congressional legislation calling for ending American aid, which totals about $1.5 billion per year.

Opinion: Stop using U.S. taxpayer money to aid Morsy

“There are specific consequences,” the senior official said. “As much as we appreciate their statement that they intend to protect the Egyptian people, they need to be careful about how they inject themselves into the situation. We are telling them that  playing a role with their ultimatum to get the two sides together is completely appropriate, but anything that looks like a military takeover is walking a very thin line.”

Conversations with the opposition have basically reiterated the U.S. line to the government and military, the officials said.

The United States has been concerned about the perception that the Obama administration was in support of Morsy. But officials hoped the deliberately muted U.S. response to the Egyptian military’s statement would signal Washington does not support the president’s non-democratic behavior.

“We really have been pushing him since his November 23 constitutional fiasco,” another official said.

One senior official said the United States doesn’t know how the political crisis will end up, and doesn’t know the opposition’s bottom line.

“We aren’t sure they know their bottom line,” the official said.

soundoff (207 Responses)
  1. mort

    this article does NOT mention the Muslim Brotherhood which Obama supports and the demonstrations DO NOT. If the PEOPLE of Egypt have come to see that the Muslim Brotherhood is bad for government, then we should not support it either.

    July 3, 2013 at 12:25 pm | Reply
    • melfeke

      Beside being incompetent dictator, Morsi have also committed several acts of treason

      Morsi first act as President was to pardon and release Hundreds of convicted terrorists (President Saddat assassin, Luxor's tourists massacre, etc.), these terrorists are in Sinai and have since killed Egyptians, army and police officers.

      Morsi have used Hamas armed militia to intimidate, terrorize and attack Egyptians since day one in office.

      Morsi have ordered the army and police not to arrest Jihadist and Hamas terrorists infiltrated in Egypt

      Morsi have systematically used Islamist clerics in Mosques and religious TV channels to call for Jihad against opposition, Christians, Jews, Shiia, etc.. They have also attacked women, minorities and civil society.

      Morsi have divided Egypt in such ugly and violent country

      July 3, 2013 at 12:43 pm | Reply
  2. Moe

    Morsi's statement is enticing Jihadi terrorists to kill the unbeliever egyptain nation in the name of Allah

    July 3, 2013 at 9:06 am | Reply
  3. Moe

    Egypt is saying NO to Nazi style Islam and YES to freedom.

    July 3, 2013 at 8:47 am | Reply
  4. Moe

    Egyptian Army: Borders with Ghaza, Libya and sudan are closed. Elite troops are in the cities before Army's ultimatum is expired #tamarrod

    July 3, 2013 at 8:47 am | Reply
  5. john smith

    America is the root of all terror. America has invaded sixty countries since world war 2.
    In 1953 America overthrow Iran's democratic government Mohammad Mosaddegh and installed a brutal dictator Shah. America helped Shah of Iran to establish secret police and killed thousands of Iranian people.
    During Iran-Iraq war evil America supported Suddam Hossain and killed millions of Iranian people. In 1989, America, is the only country ever, shot down Iran's civilian air plane, killing 290 people.
    In 2003,America invaded Iraq and killed 1,000,000+ innocent Iraqi people and 4,000,000+ Iraqi people were displaced.
    Now America is a failed state with huge debt. Its debt will be 22 trillion by 2015.

    July 3, 2013 at 3:55 am | Reply
  6. moderateGuy

    I understand Morsi also urged Obama to resign and call early elections, but the miscreant refused.

    July 3, 2013 at 2:18 am | Reply
  7. hender1123

    Obama is funding this monster and his followers are saying that since they have just cashed their welfare check that they're not interested in the details and that Obama has his mandate to do things his way and that's good enough for them. If you question Obama the Great then get ready to have mud thrown at you. Since you're not receiving a check in the mail every month then you have to expect it.

    July 3, 2013 at 2:17 am | Reply
  8. Jose

    Obama and all politicians (majority republicans) who supported Muslim Brotherhood in Tunisia, Libya and Egypt should resign their mandates and go to North Africa face the victims of these fundamentalists and explain why they supported MB. Tunisia is now a islamic dictatorship, Libyans lost all they had and face a violent civil war and Egyptians are fighting to try to avoid a dark future in a islamic dictatorship. All thanks to US/NATO support to these fundamentalists.

    July 3, 2013 at 1:35 am | Reply
  9. Michael Benjamin

    Snowden should have divulged his secrets as an anonymous source. Seems to work for government officials.

    July 3, 2013 at 12:40 am | Reply
  10. Asmaa GAD

    First of all, I would like to thank all EGYPTIANS who are trying to clarify everything. I would like to explain 2 points;
    1. The armed forces aren't trying to run Egypt or take the power, but they are trying to save EGYPT. All Egyptians have been asking the army to intervene and they were trying to avoid any problem or anyone to say anything as what US and MB are trying to say, and I think any army forces might do as what our army is doing once you see your people are killing and threatens by ex-president supporters.
    2. Actually, I was expect that from US, coz Obama's administration always says something and do another thing, but what I am sure about is that the public Americans would understand the situation of EGYPTIANS right now, coz you guys had a horrible terrorism action in Sept.2001. And we did respect ur feelings and emotions at that time when you thought all Muslims are terrorists.For financial aid, I would like to confirm that it will never be an obstacle in front of EGYPT and EGYPTIANS, why coz EGYPT always know how depend on itself. I would like to remember Obama's administration ( I don't wanna say US, coz I can't generalize it coz I know some of Americans are good) EGYPT was able to fight and win in 1973 against ( US and Israel). I would like to add another thing, sooner or later EGYPT will stand on its foot again, but we will never forget it to US. I WOULD LIKE TO CONFIRM ONE THING AGAIN THE ARMED FORCES ARE GOING TO THE STREET BY ORDER FROM ITS PEOPLE FROM EGYPTIANS NOT COMP! Thanks for everyone who understand my message!!

    July 2, 2013 at 9:11 pm | Reply
  11. Bread bakery

    Howdy! This article could not be written any better!
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    July 2, 2013 at 8:39 pm | Reply
  12. ahmed

    Obama, look and see how Egyptians are now killed by terrorists of Morsi group..are u pleased with your support for terrorism..!! Stop interference and support for Morsi who must leave. All Egyptian people except islamic terrorists are gathering in squares asking for Morsey to step down . The Egyptian military is the only support for innocent people against this terroristic organization that is killing people in streets by cold blood. This blood shed Morsi and Obama are responsible for it..OBAMA STOP SUPPORT FOR TERRORISM

    July 2, 2013 at 8:37 pm | Reply
    • MIB

      I hope everything works out in Egypt for the people. Sooner you get your country organized the investors will be back and jobs will follow. I like seeing the posts from your country and explaining what's happening. Good luck!

      July 3, 2013 at 5:05 am | Reply
    • MIB

      Ill tell you what gets me upset is when your country shuts down internet and cell phones. Everyone deserves to voice their opinions and I know why they did it no need to get into that subject. Now your voice is out.

      July 3, 2013 at 6:02 am | Reply
  13. USMC1371

    Obama and his admin is a disgrace why would any leader anywhere in the worl listen to him?

    July 2, 2013 at 5:29 pm | Reply
  14. Julian Assange

    U.S. RODENTS still believes they have a say in other nations INTERNAL AFFAIRS...


    July 2, 2013 at 5:23 pm | Reply
  15. doakes

    The people of egypt are very wierd Mursi had the power almost one year what can be done in so little time to please the people? the people of egypt thinks is possible for egypt to be the richest country in the world in one year. there is only 2 solutions put them in jail all those who makes troubles or let the country fall apart so it becomes like Somalia. which one is better alternative?

    July 2, 2013 at 4:11 pm | Reply
    • Asmaa GAD

      The only solution is that he must step down!!! Don't think Egyptians were expecting to resole all problems in an over night, that's not true!!! But he has given much promises to the people, and didn't respect it. People are dead coz of him and did not care about them and their families. He wanted to turn all Egyptians in MB!!!! Egyptians don't wanna him and he must listen to the entire country!!!!

      July 2, 2013 at 7:47 pm | Reply
      • Mohamed N

        I couldn't agree more with you Asmaa, Mursi did not respect the promises he made, he and his group can't handle a country like Egypt.

        July 2, 2013 at 10:17 pm |
  16. melfeke

    Morsi is the Muslim Brothers's representative in the Presidency.

    The MB is the biological parent to all terrorist groups around the world, they recruit, finance, arm, coordinate and participate in most terrorists actions.

    July 2, 2013 at 3:11 pm | Reply
    • Moe


      July 3, 2013 at 8:44 am | Reply
  17. Marwa Hassan (Egyptian Citizen)

    Mr. President Obama & to whom it may concern:
    we want to draw your attention that the action that has been taken yesterday from our GREAT EGYPTIAN ARMY is not a military coup as President Morsi is trying to transfer this image to you as a military coup, I am not saying that to defend our army as we are independent to do whatever we see correct but this only to correct the situation and the image of our GREAT ARMY that has been distoted by President Morsi, below (on behalf of Colonel Ahmed Mohamed Ali – The Egyptian Armed Forces Spokesman) is the STATEMENT OF
    THE EGYPTIAN ARMED FORCES- Monday 1st July 2013 at 1957 :
    In light of what has been allegedly repeated by some people in mass media, seeking to interpret the statement of the General Command of the Armed Forces as "a military coup", the military establishment would like to highlight the following:
    – The doctrine and culture of the Armed Forces do not allow the adoption of any "military-coup-based" policies. The Egyptian military took to the streets in several events in 1977, 1986, and 2011, and there was no coup. In stead, the Egyptian military always stands by the will and aspirations of the glorious Egyptian people for change and reform.
    – The aim of the Armed Forces' statement is to push all political parties nationwide to quickly find solutions for the current crisis and reach a formula of national compromise that complies with the demands of the Egyptian people.
    – In addition, we stress that the statement of the General Command of the Armed Forces comes out as an interaction with the pulse of the Egyptian street. The statement points out clearly that the Armed Forces will never be a party in politics or ruling, and will not accept any role beyond that drawn up in the genuine democratic ideology driven from the will of the people.

    July 2, 2013 at 2:56 pm | Reply
    • Patriot


      Congratulation for your fight for freedom and true democracy, I am sure the voice of the people will win soon, it may be tonight, but you have to understand that a few negative comments don't, and will not represent the Great Nation of the United States of America, I assure you that the majority of the US population are in support of establishing a free and modern Egypt, that will be in support of our fight against terrorism, I am sure you have been experiencing the fear of those terrorist leaders who have been running the country for the past year, especially for the past few days, where they started to show their true color. The future is defiantly brighter, but only if those terrorists will go back to where they belong, otherwise, their retaliation will be quite damaging, not only to Egypt but to the entire world.

      July 2, 2013 at 4:12 pm | Reply
    • MIB

      Well thanks for clarification and I Hope everything works out.

      July 2, 2013 at 7:46 pm | Reply
    • John White

      Thank you for the additional info. The mass media has a tendency to distort information to suit their own purposes or those of whichever masters they are serving.

      July 2, 2013 at 8:38 pm | Reply
  18. Patriot

    The price of failure of our Foreign Policy …. History Repeats Itself!

    While it is quite Nobel from our side to support young democracies and to promote free elections, and women rights in developing countries, especially those of the Middle East, our intentions, political efforts, and monetary support will always be misinterpreted by those nations as being inconsistent and evil.

    In taking a closer look at our Foreign Policy for the past 30 years, indeed it makes us look quite contradictory, and rather naive; since 9/11 we have been spending billions of tax payers’ money to support our fight against terrorism, forgetting that this same terrorism we are trying to fight, we helped in created during the 80s and the 90s in the first place. It is not a secret that in the early 80s Bin Laden and his Mujahedeen were heavily supported by the west to liberate Afghanistan from the Soviets, the same mistake was repeated in the 90s with Sadam Hussain, where he was supported during the Iran–Iraq war, against post-revolutionary Iran. In both situations, and years later, our support was turned against us, and we had to pay dearly to defend ourselves, and the world against their evil terror, a terror we helped creating.

    One would think that we should have learned a good lesson from the past, but of course not. Here we go again; throughout the past year, our administration has been quite impressed, and supportive of Mr. Morsi and his clan, ignoring the fact that they belong to the same organization as that of Hamas, which has been officially labeled as a terrorist organization for years. Mr. Morsi and his notorious group are all ex-convicts for security risks, with a long history of Terrorism, Anti-Semitism, and an everlasting hatred and animosity towards the west, and anyone who is not a Muslim.

    What is the result? Again, we have created an evil monster who managed in one year to unleash the biggest potential for international terror ever, if you understand the Middle East, and you are familiar with Egypt demographics and recent history, you will know that Mr. Morsi has freed quite a large number of the most notorious International Terrorist of all times, he has awaken every sleeping terror cell in the Middle East; through the online and satellite TV networking of those terror leaders with an ever growing number of followers all over the region of the Middle East and Asia.

    Today, while decent Egyptian have realized that their dream of democracy has turned into their worst nightmare, with a future that promises nothing but local and international terror, instead of proactively supporting their cause, again, we are arrogantly sending them the wrong message.

    The end result is another costly mistake for us, where our today’s friend will turn out to be our tomorrow’s worst enemy, Indeed, today Egypt may be at the brink of a Volcano that soon may end with Morsi’s departure, but soon the whole world will suffer from a long-lasting volcano of terror that he created during his one year of presidency.
    The only positive thing that may come out of this for us; is the wealth of information he made available about Who is Who, Where and When in the book of his Terrorists, and I think it is a good time for our Intelligence Services to take advantage of this available information.

    In conclusion, it will definitely pay off to truly try to understand the Middle East Culture, Demographics, and Needs, re-focus our efforts on supporting the people and not their dictatorial or transient governments, maybe then a Global Understanding and Tolerance may be established between 2 different worlds.

    July 2, 2013 at 2:52 pm | Reply
    • TiredOfPaying

      I was thinking the same thing... Egypt now has lists of every MB member, where they live, what their real name is, etc. After all the years of trying to crush them the new governement will now have labels for each one of them. Perhaps that is worth the year of anarchy.

      In America, it seems the NSA has that information on all us Americans (and the rest of the world). As an American, I'm very afraid of what the government knows about me. The MB should be much more afraid after Morsi falls.

      July 2, 2013 at 3:29 pm | Reply
      • Patriot

        I do agree with you, but the situation goes far from having a few MBs that can be traced, Morsi has freed thousands of criminal hard core clerics, ex-terrorists, and jihadists, I am an American who speaks Arabic, and it is amazing how many blogs and YouTube videos are available on line to trace these people their followers, and their activities.
        In realizing the danger of this situation, I believe something should be done about it sooner than later, as those terrorists re like rats, soon they will go into hiding but their actions will not, unless they are sent to where they belong again.

        July 2, 2013 at 3:58 pm |
  19. Tim

    Do you think Obama would hold early elections in the US?

    July 2, 2013 at 2:42 pm | Reply
    • kgala

      Are you going to burn vehicles and throw gasoline bombs at the police?

      July 2, 2013 at 2:48 pm | Reply
  20. kgala

    The Egyptians got rid of one "Enemy of Freedom" Mubarak and elected another "Enemy of Freedom" Morsi. Then said "Oops! We were not as smart as we thought we were.Let's do it one more time."

    July 2, 2013 at 2:42 pm | Reply
    • Marwa Hassan (Egyptian Citizen)

      We are descendants of the Pharaohs who made the greatest civilization in the history before the discovery of america, EGYPT that you say is living on the US aid for food, gas has the upper hand in the Middle East and imposes its decesion on both newly discovered america and what's called tiny israel, do you forget our victory in 1973 against america and israel? for sure we fear u & israel and your country cannot dip its nose in our affairs ... never ever :p

      July 2, 2013 at 3:16 pm | Reply
      • TiredOfPaying

        Your idea of 'victory' is what we call 'unconditional surrender' in America. Please learn what REALLY happened. Here's a link for you: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yom_Kippur_War

        July 2, 2013 at 3:22 pm |
      • chris

        you MUSLIMS and arabs are NOT descendants of anything! you all arrived in EGYPT as INVADERS! your TRUE ancestors didnt even speak EGYPTIAN. stop trying to alter history with your lies and propaganda!

        July 2, 2013 at 3:26 pm |
      • USMC1371

        What you really ment is your a lazy people and now that you have no slaves nothing gets done.

        July 2, 2013 at 4:28 pm |
    • nileelwardani

      Correction: The election process that took place two years ago was Unfair, Corrupt, Manipulated and Undemocratic. It is not accurate to say that the Egyptian people elected Morsy. They did not. It was totally rigged from the very first round when 13 candidates were on the ballot. Millions of Egyptians were prohibited from voting inside Egypt. 7.5 Million Egyptians outside Egypt were prohibited from voting (including me). The elections were rammed through in a matter of months (by the US and SCAF) and this insured that the top 2 candidates would be NDP and Akhwan and not any of the other 11 candidates. The rigging continued after the first round. The Carter Foundation left after the first round because they saw the rigging and could not continue to be international observers in this situation.

      July 2, 2013 at 4:18 pm | Reply
  21. Said Ahmed

    Morsi brotherhood group has direct connections with the terrorists who accomplished 9/11 attack in USA. They consider Osama Ben Ladden hero and Shaheed. Zawhry, Kadda leader and the successor of Ben Laden is an egyptian ex- brotherhood member. All his familly and relatives are members in this group. Of course USA know all this and that is why they helping them. I wonder!!!!!!

    July 2, 2013 at 2:23 pm | Reply
    • mehamet

      you use the language of your masters. MORSY ia our leader and i hope he will teach the army and the hypocrites(opposition) a lessen.

      July 2, 2013 at 3:21 pm | Reply
  22. TiredOfPaying

    When Egyptians elected a radical Islamic government, we in the US had a real problem. Elections sometimes creates governments that hate us. We pointed out the problems as MB took power, but of course they would not listen. All the MB thought of was creating a Sharia state and imposing their will on everyone who dared to disagree, much like the Republicans wish to do in America. Democracy MUST respect the rights of the minority as well, and MB failed that test miserably.

    Sometimes the best way to teach is to let you make your own mistakes. Egyptians have seen that radical Islam is NOT what they want. In America, one of the ways to teach a child that smoking is bad is to make them smoke a whole pack, one right after the other. The child invariably gets sick and throws up – and hopefully never touches ciggarettes again. Well, Egypt, we HAD to stand by and let you smoke that drug called radical Islam! Thank you for waking up and deciding ON YOUR OWN that you didn't want it in your life. Please understand that it was DIFFICULT for us to watch you make bad choices. We wish you better luck now that you've learned your lession.

    July 2, 2013 at 2:22 pm | Reply
  23. ALY

    i have watched the TV cnn news at 07.50 pm egypt loacal time BY FIONULLA



    July 2, 2013 at 2:03 pm | Reply
  24. Sal

    Just curious, can a president of any country be recalled in order to get rid of them? 

    July 2, 2013 at 2:01 pm | Reply
  25. Leona

    Stop with the comments against US, you had your chance of electing for your democracy and blew it up! If you dont need US, go ahead and built you own country, but then don't come asking for our help...

    July 2, 2013 at 1:58 pm | Reply
    • Koffie

      Did you ever help anybody then?

      Your "help" is only the cause of death and destruction, and has never helped anybody.

      July 2, 2013 at 2:19 pm | Reply
  26. parkmore

    People are not mature enough to understand the role of free election. If you don't want any one to intervene, so act like mature people. It is stupid to ask for president to step down, while he was just democratically elected. Look to other countries and you may learn otherwise you will not move forward.
    Example: did any one went to street and ask for President Holland to step down although 53% don't want him to stay president. There are too many examples........
    Weak up people and learn

    July 2, 2013 at 1:55 pm | Reply
  27. andresl

    Mr President Wow! You threw Mubarak under the bus in hours and now you are sticking with that thug Morsi? What is your involvement with Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood that you are willing to stand with them?

    July 2, 2013 at 1:49 pm | Reply
    • cedar rapids

      in hours? really? come on.
      but difference here is, like it or not, morsi was elected by the people. Yes it was a poor choice but thats what the result was. No democratically elected leader can really come out and support the people wanting to 'overthrow' an elected leader that they can vote out in a few years.

      July 2, 2013 at 1:54 pm | Reply
  28. Acrabahyiouspe

    I'm concerned about President Obama's propping up of the Islamofascist dictatorship over the concerns of 22 million Egyptians.

    July 2, 2013 at 1:45 pm | Reply
  29. May

    First of all, we decide what we want and what we are ready for , secondly, early presidential elections was yesterday's offer now it's just LEAVE we will NOT tolerate him another day, Lastly, when he goes down and he WILL don't you dare act as if u supported the protests or the second part of the revolution , you should just admit that you support the Muslim Brotherhood regardless what the people want ......

    July 2, 2013 at 1:34 pm | Reply
  30. ahmed

    Mr OBAMA , How do u support terroristic organizations as EKWAN in Egypt resembled by Morsi and at the same time u got Guantanamo for terrorists!! Is it Schizophrenia or its American policy to support terrorism as long as its away from America!?.? Never try to threaten our army or SCAF, this is red line and u don't known Egyptian dignity. Listen and see millions of Egyptians all over Egypt gathering to get Morsi out ....No more American interference in our affairs.

    July 2, 2013 at 1:29 pm | Reply
  31. noha

    Mr OBAMA , How do u support terroristic organizations as EKWAN in Egypt resembled by Morsi and at the same time u got Guantanamo for terrorists!! Is it Schizophrenia or its American policy to support terrorism as long as its away from America!?.? Never try to threaten our army or SCAF, this is red line and u don't known Egyptian dignity. Listen and see millions of Egyptians all over Egypt gathering to get Morsi out ....No more American interference in our affairs.

    July 2, 2013 at 1:19 pm | Reply
  32. Egyptian Girl

    Dear Obama. Let Egyptians decide their future. Your Islamic advisers in the white house are expats they know nothing about life in Egypt. Even if they lived here for a long time, that time is over! Egypt is completely different from lets say 2-3 years ago. Be aware of poor people's prayers against you! Do what's right and let Egyptians kick the brotherhood out. You will not be a president forever and i say follow your morals and what's right/wrong. These you won't ever regret. Put God ahead of your gov't position and if you do God will bless you!

    July 2, 2013 at 1:03 pm | Reply
    • parkmore

      It looks you are not mature enough. Why asking president to step down. In case he will step down and another will take office, what will happen if other groups will go to street and ask the new president to step down? This stupid game will keep Egypt behind and behind

      July 2, 2013 at 1:58 pm | Reply
  33. jorge washinsen

    We have not brought a real Democracy to any place we have been,especially Iraq.

    July 2, 2013 at 12:58 pm | Reply
    • Juan

      Just another Obama success story. The dems and their media shills were all over this "Arab Spring" as a positive thing while those in the other party knew, as usual, this wasn't going to be good.
      What is Obama to do? He backed "the people" the first time around. Now what?

      July 2, 2013 at 1:06 pm | Reply
      • cedar rapids

        you think he should have backed the dictators then?

        July 2, 2013 at 1:39 pm |
  34. jorge washinsen

    The best thing for the US to do is keep their nose out of any mess concerning a Muslim and their politics,do we not have enough on our plate now?

    July 2, 2013 at 12:57 pm | Reply
  35. Yal

    Why is the arrogant USA always telling others what's best for them when their own country is in shambles? No wonder every one hates the Americans and their British cousins.Obama is such a hypocrite telling other leaders to leave when he's run down his own nation. If he loves America so much and hte people are so unhappy with him why doesn't he practice what he preaches and step down for the better of the American people. China's sudden and rise to world prominence has the USA feeling nervous and irrelevant.

    July 2, 2013 at 12:47 pm | Reply
  36. XR4TI

    The US military aid to Egypt is part of the Camp David accord and we all know the US doesn't want Egypt to walk away from it. The US admistration has to say it doesn't support a military coup ( that is politics 101). But when push comes to shove it will not elinate its most reliable allies in Egypt which are the genrals.

    July 2, 2013 at 12:46 pm | Reply
  37. Youssef

    Dear Mr. Obama, the military is responding to the street or the majority of the people, and you as a professional president saw the performance of Mr. Morsi, as a president and his people, they are not capable of managing the country, I hope you can be more understanding for military actions, we all do not want any bloodshed, the only organized organization in Egypt is the Military. We are pushing hard to let Mr. Morsi step down, and i believe the American policy should be on the side of the Egyptian people not against them.

    July 2, 2013 at 12:29 pm | Reply
    • Thetruth

      If the military were so good, why did Egyptians protest and topple Mubarak? If another election is called what if Morsi still wins? Or will he not contest the election. Thought democracy was about the majority. What if the Muslim Brotherhood wins the next election? Not that i like morsi anyway. But Egypt needs to get stable again and whatever comes next should be accepted by Egyptians so they should think carefully

      July 2, 2013 at 12:36 pm | Reply
      • Youssef

        I did not say they are so good, but i said they are the only organized organization in Egypt now, And yes i agree with you Egypt need stability but you saw the performance of the current regime, they can do nothing, one year of failures. if we keep failing we will never be stable as a country. So let is try again and i hope we can hit the nail this time.

        July 2, 2013 at 12:53 pm |
    • Cheets

      I'm sorry you are right I am embarrassed for my government.

      July 2, 2013 at 1:01 pm | Reply
  38. Sahar Taher

    So disappointed in Obama, I always thought he was fighting for the people's rights and freedom, it is all a big lie he is just another puppet in Israel hand, he doesn't want Mourcy to step down just because he is a dummy that Israel and America ultimately control and move for Israel sake to realize the Zionist's plan of crushing and destroying Egypt economically , socially and politically to acheive their aim of controling Sinai once again. Israel knows that by breaking Egypt they r safe forever and that no other Arab country will ever stand in their face again, so they can do whatever atrocities they like with no second thoughts. We all understand Israel trials, but I am sure and all Egyptians believe it is a dream israilies will never live to see .... We will win our war and Egypt will be strong again without religious fanatics and maniacs whether Obama and Israel approve or not ..... We will end Mourcy and the BH with no return.....

    July 2, 2013 at 12:26 pm | Reply
  39. Emile Badir

    Obama administration may have interest in Brutherhood taking over in some countries as to protect Golf state from Iran domination but they have to understand it is not our war and it is not our problem .... No to the New Othmani Empire .... Egypt want to have its full independance .... your money will not bend the Egyptian poeple determination ... and no dowet that the army will follow the local population majority whatever cost will be ......

    July 2, 2013 at 12:25 pm | Reply
  40. Ola

    Please follow the news from Reuters regarding the future road map for Egypt. It shows clearly that the Army will protect a true transition for democracy. The Egyptian people will be an active participant in creating a modern and civil society. Concerning giving back the aid, I agree please ask the fanatics in the Muslim Brotherhood to give it back as well as the billions taken from your taxes and given to them for"empowerment of democracy". If the price for continued aid and support from the US is our freedom and dignity then we just have to do without it.

    July 2, 2013 at 12:21 pm | Reply
  41. Deen

    Your comments truly show the ignorance that exist on this matter. Egypt's military runs the country. It ran the country under Mubarrack – he was part of the military. America has immense influence over the military. Egypt has the 4th most power military in the middle east because of the military aid that America has long given it. Inorder to preserve their power they aren't going to do anything to stop this aid. Egyptians aren't going to handle anything. Inorder for a democracy to work, it's citizens must be civil, and respect the rule of law. Egyptians are far beyond this point. If left to your own devices Egypt will soon be in a civil war.

    July 2, 2013 at 12:17 pm | Reply
  42. هند

    Shame for u Obama..Egyptians reject Morsi and his terroristic group. We also reject American interference in Egyptian Policy and Egyptian people will. America had to respect our will . U don't suffer from Morsi group Ekwan and their terroristic attacks on innocent Egyptians.. America respect our will and keep away as Morsi must go and he will.

    July 2, 2013 at 12:14 pm | Reply
  43. amrotawfic

    Dear USA, Thank you but don't for a second think that we will bend our will and morals for your money. You can keep your aid and we shall re-consider the treaty if that's what you really want. #Arrogant State

    July 2, 2013 at 12:04 pm | Reply

    How are we giving them 1.5 billion a year when we are trillions of dollars in debt...

    July 2, 2013 at 12:02 pm | Reply
    • cedar rapids

      Because like everything else it buys 'goodwill' and influence.
      I think Israel gets something like $3billion for the same reason.

      July 2, 2013 at 1:45 pm | Reply
  45. Peter

    I feel sorry to hear that speech from Mr Obama . we are the egyptians who have the right to decide whether Morsy stays or step down
    we know at that moment the real mean of democracy
    we retake our nation
    we are the egyptians who can do it

    July 2, 2013 at 12:02 pm | Reply
    • sambo

      Hell he won't do anything for the Americans. Be very afraid.

      July 2, 2013 at 12:48 pm | Reply
  46. Ayman

    Early Election is fine, however Morsy must go now, he lost all trust from the Egyptian people and these millions on the streets are not going home until he is gone...... Time for the US Government to change it's tone and take the people's side. T
    ry it it may be a good idea.

    July 2, 2013 at 12:00 pm | Reply
  47. whatever dude

    I think a new election is a great idea, in fact I think as the sole world power we should set the example by holding a new election ourselves and replace not just the president, the CIA, the IRS, the NSA and every single member of congress with real working class Americans.

    July 2, 2013 at 11:59 am | Reply
  48. NermeenMy Hammouda

    جماعة الإخوان المسلمين جماعة إرهابية و أوباما يعلم هذا و مع هذا فقد دعمهم و أمدهم بالمال لكي يسحقوا الشعب المصري. و السفيرة باترسون تجتمع بالشاطر و قيادات الجماعة مع علمها بما يمارسون من بلطجة و قتل للشعب و علمها بتعاونهم مع الإرهابيين و الجهاديين و تنظيم القاعدة. الشعب المصري كان بيحب أمريكا لانها بلد الحرية و السلام و لكن اكتشفنا أنها ممكن تتحالف مع الإرهاب في سبيل كسر الشعوب و تحطيمها.

    July 2, 2013 at 11:51 am | Reply
    • Lois

      Can you please write in English so we can understand what you are saying. Thank you.

      July 2, 2013 at 12:30 pm | Reply
  49. Tamer

    US media, US ambassador Anne Patterson Obama, and his administration, please be honest onetime in your lives. Stop falsifying facts. You know very well the true Egyptian will of getting rid of the MB and their dummy president Morsi. So stop supporting them. If Egypt is your ally as you claim so you need to either support the Egyptian people’s will or keep quiet. Again don’t falsify facts and stop supporting MB because it is not going to take you anywhere , but it will only backfire on you and cause more clashes in Egypt and still the Egyptians will get what they want whether with your support or without it.

    July 2, 2013 at 11:50 am | Reply
  50. Dina Amin Gad

    dear USA, thanks but we wont wait more than 24 hours till morsi gets out, game over with all the political religion groups! we will build our own Egypt!

    July 2, 2013 at 11:48 am | Reply
  51. b2ux

    obama pressed for this guy a bortherhood thug now he wants a early election he needs to stay out he is already proven himself a criminal and should be tried and shot for treason...

    July 2, 2013 at 11:45 am | Reply
  52. marian

    we the egyptian people doesnt need your 1.5 bilion,you know why coz we have united arab of emarates offering us 2 bilion dollars once we get rid of this dectator,so dont try to put pressure on our great army they will stand by us no matter what.

    July 2, 2013 at 11:44 am | Reply
    • Jake

      Then why don't you give back the money?

      July 2, 2013 at 11:47 am | Reply
      • Marc

        Why dont you pay your debts to the United Nations first. Or are you waiting for Ted Turner to do it on your behalf?

        July 2, 2013 at 12:16 pm |
      • Marc

        And if you need your money back then stop meddling in other Nations affairs! You are the worlds' biggest two faced (double standard) nation. China will eventually eat you up probably in a stir fry with lots of Soya sauce to make sweeter on their palates. Its Just a matter of time.

        July 2, 2013 at 12:21 pm |
    • John

      Actually I hate to burst your bubble.. but Egypt needs the US money, if you don't then please stop taking it.

      P.s. Americans need the money more than you do anyways.

      July 2, 2013 at 12:25 pm | Reply
  53. brotherjukebox2012

    where do we get off telling other countries what to do

    July 2, 2013 at 11:43 am | Reply
    • Francis

      I don't know that we are actually telling them to do anything.
      First it says don't do a coup, then it says if you do a coup, that's a thin line.

      July 2, 2013 at 1:01 pm | Reply
  54. John

    Elections and Democracy only work when there is a virtuous population and when people have a moral compas, such as the Bible, so that they can't be fooled. Take the US for example. The only reason why slithery snakes/ cunning & deceitful foxes/ ravenous-murderous wolves like Bill Clinton and Barack Hussein Obama got in is because the USA no longer has a virtuous populatoin. Also, it's getting worse, so we might even be saddled with the poisonous curse of Hillary.

    July 2, 2013 at 11:41 am | Reply
    • brotherjukebox2012

      I hope we don't get anymore clintons

      July 2, 2013 at 11:44 am | Reply
    • Hisham

      "Elections and Democracy only work when there is a virtuous population and when people have a moral compas, such as the Bible"

      You truly have no clue what you are talking about, nor do you have any idea why this revolution is happening!
      Spare me the BS about religion and the bible, whatever religion you preach in the end they are all the same, you are no better than the brotherhood, the brotherhood is no better than right wing lunes.
      What's more, the problem we are experiencing in Egypt is mainly due to Morsi's insistence on implementing religious Sharia law, so the problem is mainly that they pushed their Religious views on the population!

      Stop watching Fox news, and educate yourself. Thank you.

      July 2, 2013 at 11:59 am | Reply
      • Jason

        The irony of that staement, Hisham, is that out of the major U.S. news agencies Fox is easily the most pro-opposition. If you watch Fox, all you see are commentators praising the protests.

        Anyways, these are the times which will determine whether Egypt follows the path of the American Revolution, or the French Revolution. I wish Egypt the best.

        July 2, 2013 at 2:04 pm |
    • cedar rapids

      you trying to claim you are virtuous and have morals there john? what with your hatred and nonsense spouting?
      You arent exactly the best ad there for those with a supposed 'moral compass'

      July 2, 2013 at 1:48 pm | Reply
  55. RobertOKUSA

    Egypt is a good example of what happens when a democracy does not provide fundamental protection for minorities. Otherwise, another election won't help. Another big problem is the Egyptian "minority" in this case is nearly 49% of the population.

    July 2, 2013 at 11:40 am | Reply
  56. brotherjukebox2012

    if they get early elections we want one too

    July 2, 2013 at 11:40 am | Reply
    • whatever dude


      July 2, 2013 at 12:01 pm | Reply
  57. عادل

    الادارة الامركية قد اصيبت بالعمى ولا ترى ملايين وجموع الشعب المصرى المطالب بالحرية

    July 2, 2013 at 11:32 am | Reply
    • Lois

      Are you afraid to write in English also. Who can read this mess you are writing except another Egyptian. English please, Thank you. I would like to know what you are saying.

      July 2, 2013 at 12:35 pm | Reply
      • hender1123

        A rough translation would be something like are you too stupid to see that the Egyptians demand freedom. He's referring to the fact that Obama is funding this monster when every other political leader in the world is calling for Morsi to go jump in a lake and drown (a polite version). My ability to translate this gibberish is of questionable accuracy but I think you get the idea.

        July 3, 2013 at 2:14 am |
  58. Chet

    We need our own Early Elections!

    July 2, 2013 at 11:18 am | Reply
  59. viewer

    These were not hundreds of thousands, they were in millions. News goes the photo you presented is dated. Please confirm your news sources.

    July 2, 2013 at 11:17 am | Reply
  60. BLE7481

    Can we call for an early election in the U.S., too?

    July 2, 2013 at 11:14 am | Reply
  61. Tom1940

    "U.S. Warns:!!!" That's absolutely amazing! America "warning" the Egyptian Military against a coup! Both the U.S. Gov't and Egyptian Pres. Morsi are ignoring history (as if they knew anything about it in the first place). Without the Military backing the politicians, from whatever base they claim, they will fail. The Egyptian Military has always been the final authority in governing in Egypt. They stand out of the way, until the time the will of the Egyptian People becomes known, then unless the party and President in power yields and makes itself answerable to the people and the protests subside, then the Military takes over, gives the people time to cool off, then elections are held and the process starts over again. Morsi is a fool to believe otherwise. Just as President Obama and his State Dept. believe their 'statements" will have an impact upon the Military. Right now, saving Egypt is first and foremost on the minds of the Generals. Not whether U.S. aid continues (as it will, no matter what), The U.S. cannot afford to lose it's largest Allie in the Middle East as a counterbalance to Iran and Syria.

    July 2, 2013 at 11:10 am | Reply
  62. Nour Ali

    this is an internal Egyptian affair, it is simply non of your concern

    July 2, 2013 at 10:57 am | Reply
    • Tom

      Lol. You seem to think that Egypt is an Island or on another planet.

      July 2, 2013 at 11:08 am | Reply
      • whatever dude

        The whole middle east might as well be from another planet with their bassackwards ways.

        July 2, 2013 at 12:03 pm |
      • Tom Is Dumb

        And you seem to think Egypt is a U.S. State or something.

        July 2, 2013 at 12:55 pm |
    • whyme4

      Nour Ali, I, and I'm sure most Americans agree with you. However, we've been sticking our nose in other peoples affairs for so long now I doubt if we'll ever quit. If anyone should have early electons it's the good old USA. Obama, 100 Senators, and the House would be a good start!

      July 2, 2013 at 11:10 am | Reply
      • Katie

        Think the U.S. should mind its own business. President Obama and his Administration have done enough to cause trouble in various parts of the world, but at home mainly. We have so many scandals under The Obama Administration which needs attention. NSA's overreach spying on U.S. Citizens,, AP Phone Record, IRS, FBI, Operation Fast and Furious, Benghazi mission tragedy which President Obama and his administration lied as well as attempted to cover-up. President Obama does not have credibility as well as he and his Administration is corrupt.

        July 2, 2013 at 12:14 pm |
    • Joe black

      As long as egypt is living on the US aid for food, gas, and weapons, the US will keep dipping their nose in the Egyptian affairs to ensure the safety of Israel.

      July 2, 2013 at 11:48 am | Reply
    • jorge washinsen

      You are correct and most Americans feel as you do.

      July 2, 2013 at 1:01 pm | Reply
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