Albright: 'The Mubarak era is over'
February 6th, 2011
10:14 AM ET
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Albright: 'The Mubarak era is over'

Washington (CNN) - Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright said the United States cannot "micromanage the process" with Egypt, but that the Obama administration needs to make its goals clear.

"What we have to do… is make clear that the process itself is important and arriving at a Democratic solution is important, which is in fact inclusive, Democratic, peaceful and rapid," Albright said Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union."

Albright, who served under former President Bill Clinton, said the Egyptian government, protesters and opposition groups are looking for a "mechanism to have a transition." She said the question is how to develop institutions that can ensure a peaceful shift of power without allowing extremist groups to take hold of the country.

"What's going on is like driving a car and you've got one foot on the break and one foot on the accelerator, and they're trying to get the right speed," Albright said of the Obama administration's tactics.

Sunday marked the 13th day of protests in Egypt as throngs of demonstrators demand change. Current Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak said he will not seek reelection. However, until he leaves office, Vice President Omar Suleiman is meeting with opposition groups to help facilitate the eventual shift of power, according to state-run media. Suleiman met Sunday with leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood, an opposition Islamist umbrella group in the country, Egyptian television reported.

Although Albright said there is no such thing as an "indispensible leader," there is a "time with dignity that one needs to leave."

"My own personal opinion is the Mubarak era is over, and the question is how to have a process that really works properly that allows these various voices to come together and not disagree on some of the tactical aspects," Albright said.

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soundoff (14 Responses)
  1. ggate

    So what do these folks (Palin and Albright) want America to do if things don't turn out like we want. How many believe we should send troops and do nation buiding? How many think this is an issue for the Egytions to reslove good or bad? America can not manage the world and bend everything to our way. Our only hold on this country is the money we send for whatever purpose its being sent. If you hold elections today it may not end the way most Americans think. Just becuase you see protesters holding signs written in English and saying "we want freedom and democracy" it don't mean their definition of democracy is the same as ours.

    February 6, 2011 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  2. Marcus

    Moose – 'Cheney would have straightened out this mess in Eqygpt in a few days.'

    And you want that you biased posts be taken seriously after that comment? Get real...

    February 6, 2011 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  3. Bruce

    Finally someone that makes sense. All you libtards care about is that Mubarek go now. that would be very bad for Egypt but you left wingnuts don't understand that. Sure, let Mubarek leave right now and I can guarantee you that the Musilm Brotherhood or Al-Qiada would take over. Oh that's right I forgot. Libtards could care less who takes over even if they are extremists. In a liberals eyes they would welcome a terrorist organization to come in and run the country over Mubarek right libs? Ok lets here from all of you on how you'd be glad anyone but Mubarek would be better.

    February 6, 2011 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  4. vic nashville tn

    May be Hosni Mubarak era is over we don’t know till he leave the palace

    One thing we know Middle East connecting to rest of the world through internet. Past 10 years huge change in that region

    Frustrating FOX, conservative radio talk show and their pundits view. They are 20 years behind. Same old pundits, they didn’t change their view even after Wednesday and Thursday attack on reporters

    Past week in CNN new faces analyzing Egypt crisis they know what they are talking about it was good especially in prime time it was great

    February 6, 2011 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  5. MMcCutchan

    my guess is Albright said "democratic" (as in the process), not "Democratic" (as in the party).

    February 6, 2011 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  6. Annie, Atlanta

    Um – Madame Secretary – when is someone going to tell Mubarak? (I have to wonder what it is he's holding on to so strongly that he'll send out armed thugs against his own people. Could it be that he was simply an officer in the army 30 some odd years ago and is today worth an estimated $40 – $70 Billion – with a B – dollars. Hey, where can I sign up for the job as President of Egypt? It obviously pays well – especially when you're ripping off your people the way he apparently did. Or was that just good investing?)

    February 6, 2011 11:12 am at 11:12 am |

    Why does anyone pay the least bit of attention to Halfbright, the lady who wined, dined and laughed it up with Kim Jong Il but did not have any cajones to try and get ANY form of regime change in NKorea. Now they have nukes, thanks to her and Bubba. Way to go, Halfbright, you are the definition of Useful Idiot..

    February 6, 2011 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  8. Marie MD

    Wait, wait!!! Have we checked with the AK imbecilic moron about what we have "yet" not done over there at the WH? I wonder if she has "yet" been able to find Egypt on a map because Africa is a country not a continent!
    Why is anyone not checking with her empty brain about the really important decisions. She and mcnasty would have bombed Egypt. Ya'betcha!!!!!

    February 6, 2011 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  9. w l jones

    Some of these people were grown before the 1960s when we had silmilar problem and they were not expert then and they are not now, Said enough.

    February 6, 2011 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  10. informed voter

    To Bruce: Your nasty, immature, ill-informed rants against "libtards" only makes your position look even more foolish, especially when you use incorrect spelling in your diatribe: "Ok lets here from all of you..." It's HEAR not HERE. Get nan education before you spew your nonsense!

    February 6, 2011 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  11. Mr. Davidson

    JHC ,there somebody still alive with the slightest amount of sense,thank God.

    February 6, 2011 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  12. historybuff

    A study in the mid to late '80s showed that regime changes in Egypt made little change for Egyptians at the village level, where life remained static in terms of our ideas of progress.
    Now, due to a new generation, Internet savvy, development of local democratic processes seem hopeful at last.
    Change at the village level should start asap with locals holding thoughtful and spirited dialogue about self governing. I wish the best outcomes for All Egyptians-for your own voices to be heard and for you to determine a vibrant functioning democracy.

    February 6, 2011 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  13. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Eygptian people must be heard by the leaders and this is not a time for our Government to be "heavy handed", there is too much at stake. Stupid people like Palin have nothing to offer but their own personal ambitions, instead of Palin making a stupid comment like President Obama didn't hear the phone at 3am when she herself didn't know who was sleeping in her house with her daughter.

    February 6, 2011 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  14. Root and stem

    Madame Secretary worked for a weaker and much deminished U.S. She is the enemy of freedom loving people ever where. CNN and other Obamist organizations trot this dancing pig out every once in a while as to to portray her as someone who has something legitimate to say. But she doesn't.

    February 6, 2011 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |