GOP Congressman: America must stand with Egypt
January 28th, 2011
09:40 PM ET
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GOP Congressman: America must stand with Egypt

(CNN) – Republican Rep. Thaddeus McCotter voiced his support for Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak Friday in a statement released on his website.

The Michigan congressman likened demonstrations in Egypt to "Iran's 1979 radical revolution." He cautions that those who "will be tempted to superficially interpret the Egyptian demonstrations as an uprising for populist democracy" should instead "recall how such similar initial views of the 1979 Iranian Revolution were belied by the mullahs' radical jackbooted murderers."

McCotter, the chairman of the House Republican Policy Committee, called for America to back Egypt, stating, "Thus America must stand with her ally Egypt to preserve an imperfect government capable of reform; and prevent a tyrannical government capable of harm.

"For if Egypt is radicalized, all of the reforms sought by the Egyptian people and supported by the United States with them - including consensual and constitutional government; free elections; open and unbridled media; and Egyptian control of their natural resources - will be lost. Nascent democratic movements in the region will be co-opted and radicalized."

He further references Iran, saying, "Inexcusably, this crisis has been hastened and exacerbated by the U.S. Administration's refusal to wholeheartedly embrace Iran's truly democratic 2009 Green Revolution."

McCotter closed his statement with advice on how to proceed, "If we fail to meet today's enemy on the same determined, principled terms, we will too late awake in a nightmare world. But, if today's enemy is steadfastly met and bested, liberty and the rule of law will be unleashed for millions throughout the world."

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  1. yaho

    Mr Mccote elaborate.........go into detail....yu mean the Egyptian government or the Egyptisn citizens that are prote
    sting......did yu consult with other GOP members.....oooooooooooooo politicians, politicians....

    January 29, 2011 07:24 am at 7:24 am |

    Cut his pay and healthcare and send his kids to help Egypt.

    January 29, 2011 07:44 am at 7:44 am |
  3. Paul Murdock

    This guy is clueless about the middle east. We supported the Shah and got a radical Islamic government that hates the US. If we keep supporting a repressive Egyptian government we will get the same in Egypt. The Egyptians deserve democracy. The senator should remember that he is from a democracy that says it supports democratization for the rest of the world. Now we should show our support for that in Egypt.

    January 29, 2011 07:45 am at 7:45 am |
  4. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Thaddeus, you are so confused. Be quiet and no one will know you are a moron.

    January 29, 2011 08:11 am at 8:11 am |
  5. RonShiffman

    McCotter should be on his best behavior and NOT say anything. Mubarek has had 30 years to improve life for the average Egyptian. Just like in the US, the average person is thinking, 'Our government and leaders are taking us down the wrong path. If I know this, there must be some leader who will take us where we need to go.' The last thing the US needs to be doing is propping up dictators against the will of the people.

    January 29, 2011 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  6. Flexible Atheist

    I concur completely. This is more like what went on in Iran in 1979 than what went on in 2009. If the Egyptian government falls you can bet there Egypt will become a hard line Islamic Theocracy.

    January 29, 2011 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  7. Joe Dougherty

    This is all you need to know about the Republican Party and what they stand for.

    January 29, 2011 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  8. jackie wilson

    The government of Egypt is not who we should stand up for. It is the people of Egypt, and you should be ashamed. This dictator has done nothing for the people, but then you can like what our government does for us. The only difference (we too have the country run by the top richest) is we can vote you out. You seem to be one of those that do not recognize the right of the individual. These people deserve our support, not their rulers.

    January 29, 2011 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  9. Clwyd

    If this is what the republican party stands for then I want no part of it! How can all of you out there that voted for these nuts still support them and their right wing crazy ways?

    January 29, 2011 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  10. Nadeem

    What a loser of a party the GOP is.

    We only like democracy for us. For other we will pop up dictators like Mobarak. Let the pople decide, the Iranian regiem the proceeded the revolution was brital and immoroal. Democracy, any democracy is better than dictatorship.

    The person who came back to lead the prtest was not religous like Khomeni, but secular El-Baradi from the US.

    The GOP hatred for democracy is sickening.

    January 29, 2011 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  11. Michael

    What's with Republicans using Nazi references to label those in opposition to fascism?
    True, the 1979 Iranian revolutionaries were fanatic religious extremists – but they were wearing sandals, not jackboots; and the Shah's government was as fascist as it could be.
    Truth is, Republicans can't recognize fascism because they are in denial of their own fascist ideology. Straight up cognitive dissonance.

    January 29, 2011 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  12. w l jones

    The Egyptain gave us the backbone to become a nation of people an not race if one check through out there histroy people came and went taken knowledge with them... we pattern this after them like the good Senator said we stand with you.

    January 29, 2011 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  13. diridi

    why?? can't you stand by yourself....idiot....well, it is a free market...lot of nations will doom, lot will prosper....I bet next is India...lot of squalor in there too....look, at political corruption in India...lot there not loot the nation by going to unwanted stuff....enough going to Iraq....o.k,

    January 29, 2011 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  14. Greg in Cabot, AR

    Obama....“The U.S. will continue to stand up for the rights of the Egyptian people,”....

    GOP...."Thus America must stand with her ally Egypt to preserve an imperfect government capable of reform;...."

    Pretty well sums up the difference of thinking between the GOP and Obama......

    Obama.....rights of people

    GOP.....preserve an imperfect government

    January 29, 2011 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  15. lynn

    So it was OK for Bush to over-throw Iraq's dictator, but we should look the other way when Egyptian's need to over-throw their iron-fisted dictator. Not enough oil for the GOP maybe?

    January 29, 2011 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
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