Obama says U.S. 'deplores' Egyptian violence
August 15th, 2013
09:16 AM ET
8 months ago

Obama says U.S. 'deplores' Egyptian violence

(CNN) – President Obama said Thursday the United States "deplores" the violence against civilians in the recent Egyptian military crackdown against protests in Cairo.

He said the United States believes the Egyptian government's "state of emergency should be lifted" and a process of reconciliation must begin.

He also announced the cancellation of Bright Star - next month's joint U.S.-Egyptian military exercise.


Filed under: Egypt • President Obama
soundoff (50 Responses)
  1. Just_One

    Hey pal;, howzabout you focus on the problems at home, huh?

    August 15, 2013 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  2. Maribel Barquie

    If the problem in Egypt has climbed to threat regions and democracy and US then GO FOT IT!...Best to you President Obama!

    August 15, 2013 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  3. Pdawg

    Screw the middle east, AMERICA first

    August 15, 2013 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  4. Malory Archer

    Guest

    in other news, Oreilly has a new book out called "Killing America; the facts of the failed obama presidency".....NYT best seller too.

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    Yeah, those "bulk" purchases are notorious for pushing tabloid trash to the top of the list.. Then the books sit in boxes in a warehouse somewhere. Happens quite frequently with rags authored by reichwing cretins.

    August 15, 2013 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  5. Justin

    I'm so tired of listening to this man speak. There are certain things that, we as a nation, do not need updates or a stance on. I believe that this subject is one of them. Give the people of Egypt a chance to figure this one out on their own.

    August 15, 2013 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  6. Libdumb

    Will he have his caddy with him? I am sure he is very concerned about his golf score at the Cape.

    August 15, 2013 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  7. Malory Archer

    Just_One

    Hey pal;, howzabout you focus on the problems at home, huh?

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    But then your ilk will be outraged that he's not looking out for "America's interests abroad". Face it, as far as your ilk is concerned, he's danged if he does/danged if he doesn't.

    August 15, 2013 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  8. Willy100

    I kinda wish the US had "stayed out" of peaceful Egypt and turned it into a muslim brotherhood regime – I had wanted to go see the pyramids and all the old antiquity – - Guess Not – - now its is screwed up – - and I can't go to Pakistan either anymore – -

    August 15, 2013 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  9. liberal disease

    why doesn't he vacation at camp David, all paid for and close to DC? because his biggest donors live in Martha's Vineyard.."change we can believe in!!"

    August 15, 2013 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  10. cancerman48

    Oh joy we get to listen to another 30+ minute dissertation on Nothing. How about just stop spending Billions on a broken system over there and start focusing on education, infrastructure and our own economic issues. In today's world I don't buy the age old adage "He who controls the Suez Controls the Oil and Trade!"

    August 15, 2013 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  11. Elliotu

    the problem is that in the mideast with the exception of Israel, democracy means voting for a new dictator who be in office forever. There is no such thing as a democracy ala, Western Europe or the US. Our state department supported revolutions in Egypt, Libya and even in Syria however these were not the same kind of rebels that were around during the American Revolution. These midEastern rebeles are merely people fighting for their own fascist, jihdist ideals and we helped them. We should have learned from Afgansitan when we supported the Taliban many years ago to only find that we supported our enemies who had no clue as to what democracy is all about.

    August 15, 2013 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  12. J_Y

    Glad the POTUS could take time off from his 100th vacation to actually do his job. How come these politicians get so much vacation time when they are so important? Obama and Congress have done nothing to deserve such lavish vacation time. Public service? More like self-service...

    August 15, 2013 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  13. Malory Archer

    victor

    Malory Archer
    J in NJ

    Worst president in modern USA...

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    That guy left the building 4 years, 7 months, 26 days ago. Time to move on.

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    Oh, Obama's vacation has lasted that long? He truly is horrible, huh?

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    Actually, President Obama has taken less "vacation" time than any other President in modern history, but don't let the facts stand in your way. Meanwhile, howsabout you provide some credible examples of the "horrible" things President Obama has done?

    August 15, 2013 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  14. Anonymous

    King Barry O: "My work here is done."

    Way to go Barry. Another shining example of your incompetence.

    August 15, 2013 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  15. Al

    No one in Egypt should care about what Obama, the supporter and ally of the terrorist Muslim Brotherhood, thinks.

    August 15, 2013 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  16. prplangl4

    This situation saddens my heart, We should all focus our energy on Egypt and send prayers their way – I believe in the power of prayer over any other measure we think we have created that we think is stronger to counter violence and oppression.

    August 15, 2013 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  17. Barry

    I can only speculate of course, but for some reason I think the speech is going to be, "The United States condemns the violence and attempts to thwart true democracy. We are committed to standing with our allies in the...." You know, like we've heard from every U.S. President since Eisenhower. How refreshing it would be to hear a President say, "You know,we of course condemn the violence, but it's really not our place to meddle. Goodness knows we've got plenty of our own problems Plus, we've been meddling in international affairs for far too long and frankly it's been a huge failure. We're staying out of this one."'

    August 15, 2013 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  18. concerned citizen

    sounds like vacation is more important than the crisis that are happening all over the world..... wow.

    August 15, 2013 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  19. joe

    No needs for remark, the world does not consider US an world leader any more. If the we want to lead the world again, we can not be just a talking tiger, we need to be a role model taking care of our own political problems in a right way in right direction. Double-standard has been one of our basic problems.

    August 15, 2013 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  20. Data Driven

    The Troll Rating on this thread: Michelin gives it 3 Stars. Exquisite perfection.

    August 15, 2013 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  21. Malory Archer

    Willy100

    I kinda wish the US had "stayed out" of peaceful Egypt and turned it into a muslim brotherhood regime – I had wanted to go see the pyramids and all the old antiquity – – Guess Not – – now its is screwed up – – and I can't go to Pakistan either anymore – -

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    Yeah, except neither place has been stable or safe for Americans, and the State Department has issued travel warnings on both places since long before January 20, 2009. Time to take your little strawman and go back to school.

    August 15, 2013 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  22. Richard "Dick" Stroker

    I'm surprised that Obama found the time comment on the crisis in Egypt. Seems like all he ever does is play Spades (prison card game) and golf.

    August 15, 2013 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  23. Lynda/Minnesota

    Oh, CNN. You never, well .... disappoint.

    August 15, 2013 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  24. Phil in KC

    Boy – some of you just don't get it. Egypt is the only moderate state in the middle east or, at least, the only one who has made peace with Israel. If we allow the radical extremist to take over, that will go by the wayside and there will be even bigger problems in the middle east – possibly a major war with Israel, which will drag us in. Unfortunately, most right-wingers have never really understood the art of diplomacy or why it's needed.

    August 15, 2013 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  25. rs

    If figures that the GOP supports Morsy and his Muslim brotherhood against the now obvious coup. The GOP is just like the Brotherhood wanting to establish a fundamentalist theocracy right here in America. Morsy is a "conservative" – just like the GOP. I suspect what we see here is a sort of projection. The GOP is right on that line of treasonous, anti-American behavior, and they don't wish to wind up like the Brotherhood now in Egypt.

    August 15, 2013 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
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