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. Pat

    Someone cut off Thaddeus McCotter internet and cell phone service. It's idiots like this that make me question why I am a Republican. Mubarak is a dictator and must be removed. Anyone who cuts off internet and phone access to their people is a dictator and a tyrant.

    January 28, 2011 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  2. Mar

    This is a real uprising not organized by radicals as you claim. It is the real deal. Led by the young middle class who have been for a long time disenfranchised.

    January 28, 2011 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  3. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Thaddeus Who?

    January 28, 2011 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  4. Mohamed Z. Rahaman

    So Egyptians want democracy, but because most of them are Muslims we must not support the will of the people. Again, White man speak with forked tongue. What is so radical about wanting to be free from a dictator? Under Bush did we not invade Iraq to get rid of a dictator .. okay that was just an excuse so we can get their oil. The only principle the GOP understands is to support and prop up the dictator at all costs. Never mind democracy for the people by the people. It just ain't good for them Arabs and Muslims.

    January 28, 2011 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  5. LGNY

    These are delicate diplomatic times.

    Please don't be out there scoring political points while the govt is trying to negotiate the diplomatic mine field.

    January 28, 2011 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  6. thomas

    Thaddeus McCotter is living in a past that is no longer ! Freedom and liberty , need not only arrive by means of war !
    McCotter should worry about Detroit !

    January 28, 2011 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  7. Nii

    These are the same people who preach freedom of the individual, a persons right to decide his own destiny.....

    January 28, 2011 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  8. Gil

    Now I know the repulsive republicans are ignorant, crazy and unfit to serve! Who out there voted for any of these nuts?

    January 28, 2011 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  9. John

    The GOP is making a fatal error here. The US has to stand with Egypt. But that's not the same thing as standing with the Mubarak regime. Even President Bush knew that. But his party seems to be forgetting.

    January 28, 2011 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  10. Grand Oil Party

    GOP support for an oil-rich dictator? Shocking. ::sarcasm:: The people of Egypt suffer while a few oil barons hog up all the cash from the Suez Canal and the Republican'ts predictably fall in line with support for their puppet. First of all, we need to stop messing around with the affairs of the Middle East – even if that means the people end up nationalizing their oil reserves and kicking Exxon the f out.

    January 28, 2011 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  11. JonC

    In Iran the US paid money to overthrew a democratically elected President to be replaced by a – a what? A monarch. In the end Congressman McCotter how did our little bit of skulduggery work? Now in Egypt you advocate that we repeat that failed national policy; that the US continue to support a man who is essentially a dictator. Congressman McCotter, if you cannot see the parallels you can not offer leadership for the future because you are blind to the lessons of our past.

    January 28, 2011 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  12. JRH

    Have the Republicans ever met a dictator they didn't like? Let's see.... Khomeini, Saddam Hussein, Mubarak, gosh, the list is so long... Mubarak is a relic of the past. The Egyptian people know that, and have finally stood up to "just say no" to him. But the GOP thinks he's just great! How pathetically typical.

    January 28, 2011 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  13. Marko

    This is one lizard looking guy, Still we must proceed carefully as a country.

    January 28, 2011 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  14. Audrey Fryer

    What this guy knows about history, let alone the Iranian history you could fit in a thimble. Maybe he should read the World version and not the American version.

    January 28, 2011 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  15. bill

    lets see. an arab leader in power for thirty years? losing power..... a dictator....anyone in the middle east ring a bell?

    January 28, 2011 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  16. Ricky L

    He's joking, right? Just running a flag up the pole to see if anyone salutes??

    January 29, 2011 12:53 am at 12:53 am |
  17. Quannum326

    "America must stand with her ally Egypt to preserve an imperfect government capable of reform; and prevent a tyrannical government capable of harm."

    I think you have that entirely backwards chairman. It's more like "America must stand with her ally Egypt to preserve a tyrannical government capable of harm. and prevent an imperfect government capable of reform."

    January 29, 2011 01:06 am at 1:06 am |
  18. Peter E

    I love how 'consistently' we promote 'democracy' by continuing to support repressive brutal dictators around the world against popular protests. Egypt, Pakistan, Saud Arabia, as well as half dozen mass murderers on the African continent. Oh, and just south of our border, the corruption, negligence, and brutality that is the Mexican government.

    January 29, 2011 01:09 am at 1:09 am |
  19. Limbaugh is a liberal

    Yes, in case people forgot: the reason Iran hates us so much is because we supported a bloody dictator Shah there who masacred and repressed his own people. Then, after the people of Iran finally took power into their own hands we refused to admit that our puppet play there would end, and even funded and armed another bloody mass murderer (Saddam Hussein) to wage war on Iran, killing tens of thousands of civilians.
    You still think they have no right to be angry at us?

    January 29, 2011 01:12 am at 1:12 am |
  20. Kittens and Jesus

    This guy clearly has no understanding of the situation in Egypt at all.

    January 29, 2011 01:47 am at 1:47 am |
  21. Peter s

    Does this guy understands African Politics or he just want to make news?

    January 29, 2011 02:53 am at 2:53 am |
  22. Doyle Wiley, MI

    They've learned nothing from Iraq.

    January 29, 2011 03:41 am at 3:41 am |
  23. Yeah, no

    Sorry dude, if America really represents freedom and choice, then we gotta let things play out. Just because they choose a government that doesn't like us means we get to support a repressive dictator. It's their choice and they have a right to express it without our interference.

    January 29, 2011 06:48 am at 6:48 am |
  24. joe blow

    imbecilic - that really is the only word for this clown. in case he didn't notice, we have been flipping mubarak a billion a year for quite awhile. typical american response - why do you think the iranian revolution was so anti-american? propping up tyrants much? i thought we stood for the rights of people? or is that just for the regimes you hate (iran, china)? do you have any idea what it is like to live in egypt? do you care? our policies hurt america and all it should stand for.

    January 29, 2011 07:03 am at 7:03 am |
  25. Don Jones

    McCotter comes off like Palin when he opens his mouth about foreign policy. He doesn't care about the thousands of folks unemployed and hurting in his own district in Michigan. There is a glaring lack of credibility here.

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