Clinton calls for a peaceful transition to democracy in Egypt
January 30th, 2011
09:31 AM ET
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Clinton calls for a peaceful transition to democracy in Egypt

Washington (CNN) - The "complex, very difficult" situation in Egypt requires careful progress toward a peaceful transition to democracy, rather than any sudden or violent change that could undermine the aspirations of the Egyptian people, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Sunday.

In separate interviews with five Sunday talk shows, Clinton made clear the United States believes that stability in the region is the top immediate priority.


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    tell me again why were giving Egypt money

    January 30, 2011 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  2. inb4out

    military funding, 1.5 billion US dollars per year.

    What the us government needs to understand is that the people of egypt do not just want things there to change, they want Mubarak out, and they want him out now.

    Unfortunately, the US will undoubtingly not be any help with this matter, they have to many ties with Mubarak himself, and they simply cannot afford him to be replaced by someone that is not in their pocket.

    January 30, 2011 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  3. Moose

    Wait - I thought Biden was chosen by Obama to be his VP because of his "deep" foreign policy background. Maybe Joe can solve all of the problems. Meanwhile, not a peep from Mr Foregin Policy and Obama/Clinton are avsolutely clueless on how to handle the situation. Maybe they should blame it on Bush. Oh wiat, this has nothing to do with Bush - that won't work. I got it - maybe Obama can travel to Egypt and tell them how bad America is. You know, just like he did when he was first elected. He couldn't fly to the Middle East fast enough after he was elected to put down our country. This is what you get when you elect someone with ZERO experience - none.

    January 30, 2011 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  4. cooner1

    i'd like to know when did one of these countries ever give us anything except for a hard time?? when was the last time a middle eastern country, or european country for that matter came to our aid. those folks need to learn to do for themselves.

    January 30, 2011 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  5. Chuck

    Because Mubarak, served as a peace keeper of sorts by acting as a mediator between the Arab world and Israel. He was (is) very influential in this area. In addition, Egypt was the first country in the region to join the coalition in the first Gulf War and sent Egyptian military into combat operations to repel Iraq from Kuwait along with the United States and the United Nations. They have also allowed our military to conduct operations out of Egypt.

    January 30, 2011 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  6. mark in nyc

    that's right. let's continue sending aid to other countries as our own people struggle to survive.

    January 30, 2011 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  7. Anonymous

    So much for the U.S. On human rights. Paying money to their thugs, they want in power.

    January 30, 2011 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  8. Moose

    Standard incompetent response from the Obama Administration: "We support Mubarak, but we also support the opposition." Classic nonsense from a rookie Administration. Just imagine for one second if the Palin Administration handle it this way! HA! The Demonrats would be going ballistic. Thank God she isn't President. But was an awful person to have in the White House right now - a guy who has ZERO expereince!

    January 30, 2011 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  9. daniel

    First! We are supporting dictatorship. No one should be in power that long, that's not democracy!
    Get rid of Mubarak and then continue the aid.

    January 30, 2011 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  10. Jazz

    That what the people want clear out mubarak

    January 30, 2011 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  11. Moose

    Thought Obama was Mr Nobel Peace Prize????? Then why is he fighting a war in Iraq and Afghanistan??? He has had PLENTY of time to withdraw our troops - PLENTY OF TIME. Oh, that's right, he was given that (now) worthless award for ABSOLUTELY NO REASON. May Mr Nobel Peace Prize winner can stop the fighting in Egypt. Oh that's right - the world NOW knows that he's just a bozo.

    January 30, 2011 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  12. astro24102

    Of course.....why would we cut aid, while State govt's can't balance their budgets, while we cut education and critical services. Why would we cut aid while being in trillions of debt. I wish Mrs. Clinton would come to my house. I would roll out the red carpet for her and take the billions of dollars she donates every day!

    Lets put our own country on sure footing prior to offering billions and billions in aid to other countries.

    January 30, 2011 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  13. Marcus

    Like Chuck pointed out, Mubarak IS a valuable ally in the area.
    An ally who has helped the US interest (and is doing that even today) so you can call him, without denying that he IS a dictator, a real deal ally of the USA.
    But, ethically and morally speaking, it is very wrong for the US to support any kind of dictatorship around the world, especially when the population of the country ruled by the dictator stands up and yells 'ENOUGH!!!' as the egyptians are doing now.
    So, for the good of the relationships between the US and its current and future allies, the govt. can't simply let him deal with it alone now.

    January 30, 2011 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  14. Marcus

    Yo Moose, the withdraw must (per military reasons) follow a timeline. NOW the USA have a president that listens to those worthy men and women at the Pentagon when he have to decide anything related to military strategy. The guy who did it all on his head and thoughts (until he had to face that as a military strategist he was a complete loser) was the previous POTUS...
    But that won't stop you to keep on giving baseless rants...

    January 30, 2011 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  15. gmh

    If the US does not support the people of Egypt, they will find those that will. That will probably not be in the best interest of the US and the region. We had better side with the people and position ourselves with whomever is in power. This is not Iran. The internet and social media is changing the dynamics of all our lives including the Arab world. Dictators and opressives governements may start to desolve if we include this in furture policies. World opinion is staring to change because of access of information. I hope President Obama is own the right side of history.

    January 30, 2011 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  16. diridi

    let us all worry about America than Egypt, India..etc....stop sending money and all....let us progress....

    January 30, 2011 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  17. JT

    USA and Canada has said they will not get involved with the internal affairs of other countries.

    Except Iraq and Afghanistan, and maybe Iran.
    And a few other countries where the dictators are not American puppets, but that's where they draw the line.

    January 30, 2011 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  18. vic nashville tn

    2012 GOP hopefuls’ candidate on his own show in FOX connecting the wrong dots sad to watch
    Our Middle East policy is not working.
    We need to stop sending money
    We always like new faces in our politics why Egyptians can’t?

    January 30, 2011 11:06 am at 11:06 am |