Feinstein concerned about Egypt’s future
July 28th, 2013
10:55 AM ET
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Feinstein concerned about Egypt’s future

(CNN) - After dozens died in weekend protests in Egypt over the ouster of President Mohamed Morsy, Sen. Dianne Feinstein - the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee - said she’s worried for the first time about the future of the country.

“I think this is a real point of definition of what kind of Egypt is going to come out of this. For the first time, I am very concerned,” Feinstein said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

“I’m surprised that the military would urge people to go to the streets,” the California Democrat told chief political correspondent Candy Crowley. “They had to have known if they do that the other side would respond. And it became a kind of catalyst for violence.”

Seventy-two people were killed Saturday in Cairo, though opposing sides have each pinned the blame for the violence in different places - the Islamist group Muslim Brotherhood say police fired ammunition on protesters Friday and Saturday, while the prosecutor general's office said protesters initiated the violence.

The clashes came nearly a month after the military forced Morsy from office. In the next several weeks, Feinstein said it would be essential for interim President Adly Mansour and interim Vice President Mohamed ElBaradei to take charge of the military to prove democracy can exist in Egypt.

“I think it's very important for this new president and vice president to exert their authority now,” she said. “It will show whether a democracy, in terms of control of the military, can effectively govern that country. So the next few months, I think, are going to be real eye openers for the world.”

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soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. California

    Hey Feinstein, Obama helped create the situation over there now. Go talk to your messiah.

    July 28, 2013 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  2. sonkarlay

    How can we worry about muslims way of living when we can even take care of our own problem in this country, we need jobs good heath care in america,

    July 28, 2013 11:35 am at 11:35 am |

    I did not know what Egyptians want,since,they do not want democracy,and they did not wantmilitary,They should tell the world the type ofgoverment they want.Thanks.

    July 28, 2013 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  4. rs

    The whole world is probably concerned about Egypt's future- but you know, there probably isn't much that can be done beyond providing an environment where the different factions can keep talking. Short of tearing the Middle East up, and re-drawing all of the nations' boundaries, they are what they are- a mixture of different religious groups and mixture of educated and un-educated, and a mix of rich and poor. They need to figure out the governments they want, and if it is democracy, learn that cannot be produced at the business end of a gun.
    As for the U.S., perhaps it is time for our nation to take a quiet, purely diplomatic role in a region supercharged with weapons and anxiety.

    July 28, 2013 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  5. John Smith

    That is a pretty silly statement for Feinstein to make. How can the administrative authorities rein in the military when they have been installed by the military?

    July 28, 2013 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  6. Carlos Danger

    The US has no credibility with the Egyptian populace and why should we? If the US learns to stop meddling in the foreign affairs of other sovereign nations and spends a little time focusing on its own problems at home, we'd all be better off, in my humble yada yada.

    July 28, 2013 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  7. Ed1

    Why don't you go over there and discuss gun control with them you seem to know so much when you really don't.

    July 28, 2013 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  8. Name Uche Agonsi

    Feinstein should care more of what the Repubs are doing to America. She should stop being the needle that sews people's asses whereas it has problems mending its own. Bloodshed is a spiritual honour in the moslem faith. The more blood they shed the more assurance they get of being in heaven. So Dianne should stop crying more than the bereave.

    July 28, 2013 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  9. Feinstein concerned...?

    What should USA do about Egypt..? Simple "stay out and mind your own business...and worry about the USA...!

    July 28, 2013 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  10. Steveo

    How about OUR future, Senator?!?!?

    July 28, 2013 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |