Kerry: 'Look beyond Mubarak era'
February 1st, 2011
01:33 PM ET
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Kerry: 'Look beyond Mubarak era'

(CNN) - Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry advised the U.S. to "look beyond the Mubarak era and devise an Egyptian policy" after three decades of following President Hosni Mubarak's policy, in an op-ed for the New York Times Tuesday.

The Democratic senator further outlined his prescription for "Allying Ourselves With the Next Egypt." Kerry cautioned "our interests are not served by watching friendly governments collapse under the weight of the anger and frustrations of their own people, nor by transferring power to radical group that would spread extremism." Drawing a comparison to Iran, he further asserts that "We continue to pay a horrible price for clinging too long to Iran's shah," the Iranian political leader ousted after a period of unrest.

Acknowledging that American "rhetoric" did not always match the private concerns of U.S. and that financing Egypt's military has dominated the U.S.-Egypt alliance, he made it clear that "a productive relationship with Egypt remains crucial for both us and the Middle East." But for it to be successful, support must move from military assistance to a more social focus.

Kerry advocated for the U.S. response to be directed toward the political, legal, and economic needs of Egypt, which, he says, the Obama administration is already addressing.

And when it comes to President Mubarak, Senator Kerry is as direct in the op-ed as he was when he appeared Friday on CNN's "John King, USA" with a specific recommendation for President Mubarak.

Speaking with Chief National Correspondent John King, Kerry recommended that the way to a peaceful outcome may be through a frank discussion between President Mubarak and his son.

"One of the things he could do which could be constructive is to talk with his son and his son talk with him and to sort of recognize the frustrations that have built up and what the needs are now, and perhaps defer his son's ambitions for the moment or ask him to in a way that promises some sort of succession process that opens the process up but still respects the leadership that he's given over the years."

In Tuesday's op-ed Kerry cites the "chaos of the last week" that "has forever changed the relationship between the Egyptian people and their government" and suggested that Mubarak accept that "the stability of his country hinges on his willingness to step aside gracefully."

"Egyptians have moved beyond his regime," Kerry continued. And his prescription for avoiding upheaval? "President Mubarak [should] take himself and his family out of the equation."

Because, Kerry writes, "The Egyptian people are demanding wholesale transformation, not window dressing."

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soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. vic nashville tn

    Good move

    February 1, 2011 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  2. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Republicans said or did nothing when the tea baggers did the same thing to President Obama, they have no right to have an opinion about Egypt or any other country and their president.

    February 1, 2011 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  3. gt

    30yrs in power ,,, thats to long...opps not mudarak.. the u s senators that been there longer than mudarak...

    February 1, 2011 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  4. Patriots Salute the Flag! Traitors don't!!!

    Kerry the hippie traitor justs needs to keep his mouth shut, but then he is typical of what belongs to the Democrat organization. The Immorals.

    February 1, 2011 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  5. rob

    What the hell did he say ??? This guy is borderline incoherent, I'm so glad the American people had the sense not to elect him for president.

    February 1, 2011 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  6. Monster Zero

    The alternative to a Mubarak or a Shah in the Middle East hierarchy of power structure does not put forth any good alternatives for the betterment of either the Middle East Nations they lead or for America's best interests regarding oil based energy. The alternative candidates are comprised of radical Muslim ideologues diametrically opposed to the West for backing an Israel State and for predominantly practicing Christianity and being infidels. A theologically based Islamic leadership in Egypt that would support an Iranian agenda in the area will only result in one thing...WW3 at a theater near you.

    February 1, 2011 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |