August 6th, 2013
12:00 PM ET
9 years ago

McCain calls ouster of Egyptian president a 'coup'

Cairo (CNN) - U.S. Sen. John McCain says this summer's ouster of former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsy was a coup, a description that goes against the statements so far from the Obama administration.

The White House has avoided using that term for the Egyptian military's ouster of Morsy.


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  1. Steveo


    McCain still does not realize he was rejected for president. I wish these old Rhinos would give it up. Please vote in 2014 America. Enough of this foolishness the GOP/TP are pulling.
    Your realize that was 2008, right? As such has nothing to do with this trip to Egypt in 2013! You might have also missed this... The president asked him and Graham to make the trip!

    August 6, 2013 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  2. PJ

    "Most certainly- but that was an inherent risk of sending McCain and Graham in the first place".

    Got it, thanks!

    August 6, 2013 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  3. reality

    Yes it is a coup, Obama should have some backbone to call it what it is.

    August 6, 2013 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  4. Rudy NYC


    We pay Egypt to be nice to Israel .

    McCain is not a diplomat , he is a hawk .
    Correct. I wonder how many people around here even realize that the aid originates from the 1979 Egypt-Israel Peace treaty, which makes cutting off the aid so complicated. If the US cuts it off without just cause, then the US will be the party breaking the peace agreement.

    It's a given that McCain has no desire to hand over one billion to the Muslim Brotherhood every year. A view that may be shared by most Americans. But, if you do not support the lawfully elected government, then who do you support? Should you even be so deeply involved in Egyptian politics in the first place? Because that is exactly what got is into trouble in Iran.

    August 6, 2013 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  5. Steveo

    From the Oxford dictionary: noun (plural coups /kuːz/)

    1 (also coup d'état) a sudden, violent, and illegal seizure of power from a government:he was overthrown in an army coup
    It's a coup whether it is called one or not! Kinda like Fort Hood was called "workplace violence". Just because the truth is not spoken does not mean it's not the truth. Another truth is none of us have to be diplomatic about this, the administration however, does. Doesn't mean we have to agree with it either! That is just how it is!

    August 6, 2013 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  6. Rick McDaniel

    The change over was not a "coup".

    McCain knows it wasn't, but he can't get past his out of date thinking.

    August 6, 2013 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  7. Lary in Houston

    Too bad we don't still have somebody like Eisenhower as our POTUS . . . As far as I'm concerned, there hasn't been a potus that had any kahunas since him . . . can't judge JFK, b/c he wasn't in office long enough. At least Eisenhower doesn't take 10 years to do a "draw down" like the current one, and the one's past . . .When we were in the Korean conflict, when the war was over, that is what it meant, the war is over, period. . . .

    August 6, 2013 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  8. tom l

    But it was a coup.

    August 6, 2013 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  9. The Real Tom Paine

    just sayin

    yeah... obama throwing our allies under the bus for these islamic militants sure has worked out well hasn't it?!! obam ahas singlehandedly set back the middle east 50 years. when you didn't think the middle east could get worse, along comes an inexperienced community organizer to totally muck up the works.
    Exactly how did Obama throw our allies under the bus? What allies? Quadaffi, the man who ordered the mass murder of Americans over Lockerbie? What actions did Obama take to force the previous regimes in Egypt and Tunisia out? Should we have boots on the ground in Syria? Face it, you don't have the answers. McCain or Romney certainly could not have handled it any better or any worse than Obama has, so knock it off with your ridiculous armchair quarterbacking. In one post you claim that you need to get your hands dirty to keep things stable, but you don't offer any suggestions or ideas, as usual. Typical reflexive thinking from someone who's first reaction is to hate whatever the President is done because you're convinced he's stealing you blind.

    August 6, 2013 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  10. saywhat

    McCain & Graham a sure fire recipe for disaster, especially with the ever rising ant-America sentiment on the ground.
    McCain was an ardent supporter of Mubarak and wanted him propped up till the very last but when he saw the tide turn backpedaled in a hurry. He is the foremost prponent of military interventions.
    Ditto for Graham who is also another 'keeper' & executor' of the edicts issued for our bidding from netanyahu.
    These two should be hauled back & pronto.

    August 6, 2013 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  11. S.B. Stein

    The question now is for McCain; does he plan on asking the House & Senate on cancelling the aid to Egypt now that he determined it is a coup? If he doesn't want aid to stop flowing despite that he (McCain) is calling it a coup, how does he justify not stopping it?

    August 6, 2013 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
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