Cheney calls Mubarak a good friend, U.S. ally
February 6th, 2011
08:11 AM ET
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Cheney calls Mubarak a good friend, U.S. ally

(CNN) - Former Vice President Dick Cheney said Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak is a good friend and U.S. ally, but declined to predict whether the embattled leader would heed protesters' calls to step down.

Cheney made the comments Saturday night at a ceremony honoring former President Ronald Reagan in Santa Barbara, California.

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  1. Just Me

    Of course he will see him as a good friend. Birds of a feather flock together. Shouldnt he be making a decision soon about replacing his bad heart? (PUN INTENDED)

    February 6, 2011 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  2. GonzoinHouston

    I hate to admit it, but the American autocrat, Cheney, is right. It's that classic problem; Mubarak's an autocrat, but he's our autocrat. There have been many before him, and many remain. If we toss Mubarak under the proverbial bus, you think the Saudis might be concerned? Maybe we should think of them as partners or something, instead of "friends and allies".

    To go off on a tangent, what do you think our foreign policy in the Mid-East would be like if we didn't import oil from Saudi Arabia? Keep that in mind the next time we debate alternate energy.

    February 6, 2011 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  3. Progressive Texan

    Of course Dick Cheney would say that. He only wishes he could have run the way the United States the same way Mubarak has run Egypt for the past 30 years. It's such a shame that we have term limits and elections in this country, isn't it Dick.

    February 6, 2011 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  4. Rick McDaniel

    The existence of any friends and allies in the region, is a rather contentious question.

    For a religion that exhibits zero tolerance for any other, in the middle east, one has to question whether non-muslims, anywhere, have any friends, in the middle east. Sorry, Mr. Cheney, but it is time to be realistic.

    February 6, 2011 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  5. Squigman

    Pathetic. Simply pathetic.

    February 6, 2011 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  6. GL

    Of course he see him as a friend. They are two of a kind.

    February 6, 2011 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  7. Dr Matrix

    Well, that ends any questions for me. If Cheney likes him, it's not good for America or Egypt.

    "For a religion that exhibits zero tolerance for any other" Are you talking about Islam or Christianity?

    February 6, 2011 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  8. vic nashville tn

    From 1982 to 1990.Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld had different view about Saddam Hussein 2002 it was opposite view

    Egyptians wants him to go so what we can do Mr. Cheney.

    February 6, 2011 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  9. Moose

    Boy do we need Cheney back in the White House to straighten out this mess. Obama is soooooo clueless. Maybe he should head over there in his pimp mobile and bow to Mubarak. No, wait....maybe he should go over there and pander to them. You know....maybe give a speech about hos bad Amerika is? Oh, snap. He already did that! Worst President EVER. Shameful. Zero experience - NONE.

    February 6, 2011 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  10. Moose

    Cheney would have straightened out this mess in Eqygpt in a few days.

    February 6, 2011 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  11. Moose

    I always axed myself...."How could Barry and Michelle sit through 20 years of 'US of KKK' and not be affected??? That's week after week after week of America-bashing, whitey is the devil, et al. Pretty interesting when you actually think about it and are intellectually honest with yourself. But you stupid Demonrats don't know how to think unless your nanny-state government tells you what to think. Idiots.

    February 6, 2011 10:27 am at 10:27 am |