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    Egyptian Youth to Clinton: Where Was the Support?

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    Published February 23, 2011 | FoxNews.com

    Egypt's young people, fresh off of toppling a 30-year dictatorship through the help of social media, used that technology to grill Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Wednesday, asking her why the U.S. didn't express support for the revolution sooner.
    "The attitude of the U.S. during the Egyptian revolution was to support the Egyptian regime first," read one of the nearly 6,500 questions, videos and audio files users submitted through the Egyptian social media website, Masrawy. "Then, when the revolution turned successful, the U.S. switched sides and supported the Egyptian youth. Why?"
    Clinton disputed that notion, saying that the U.S. wanted to make sure its support didn't lead to an outbreak of violence.
    "We wanted to see the aspirations of the Egyptian people, particularly young people, realized. And then we advocated from the very beginning for a reform process that would lead to an Egyptian model of democracy," she said.
    This is a very good question.
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    Re: Egyptian Youth to Clinton: Where Was the Support?

    Mubarak was an ally of the U.S. and Israel. Thus we supported him. When he was ousted it became important to be on friendly terms with the Egyptian people who will be electing the new government.
    Mr. Madison, what you've just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.

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    Re: Egyptian Youth to Clinton: Where Was the Support?

    The US is not in the position to be nation building right now. Also, and possibly more importantly, the US' help does not appear to be wanted by Muslims either. I'd say that is a concise and fair enough answer these youth.

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    Re: Egyptian Youth to Clinton: Where Was the Support?

    Obama was doing the right thing to insure American interests. Staying neutral lets us remain on decent terms with whomever ends up in power. There was no good reason to intervene on either side.

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    Re: Egyptian Youth to Clinton: Where Was the Support?

    There was a time, not long ago, when America stood by the people of the world trying to achieve peace, freedom and basic human rights for themselves and their families.

    We have shed much blood and spent a great deal of treasure to help people all over the world. We haven't always succeeded.

    The protesters in Egypt have a legitimate question. What happened to America's long standing support for people trying to achieve peace, freedom and basic human rights?

    0bama's virtual silence with respect to the protests in Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, Yemen, Algeria and Jordan speaks for itself. He did the same thing with the Iranian protests.

    0bama is just a community organizer from Chicago.The truth of the matter is he has no idea what to do. His "Shake and Bow" foreign policy has been a predictable failure.
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    Re: Egyptian Youth to Clinton: Where Was the Support?

    Quote Originally Posted by rathi View Post
    Obama was doing the right thing to insure American interests. Staying neutral lets us remain on decent terms with whomever ends up in power. There was no good reason to intervene on either side.
    How do we talk to China about human rights when we support the beating of protesters in the streets of Cairo? How do we explain one action in Egypt and another in Libya?
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    Re: Egyptian Youth to Clinton: Where Was the Support?

    Quote Originally Posted by American View Post
    How do we talk to China about human rights when we support the beating of protesters in the streets of Cairo? How do we explain one action in Egypt and another in Libya?
    Same way as you support the Saudi's and hate the Iranians. The same way you supported Georgia and was against Russia... hypocritical politics.
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    Re: Egyptian Youth to Clinton: Where Was the Support?

    Quote Originally Posted by American View Post
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    This is a very good question.
    Indeed.

    . . . Obama and Clinton, anxious to distance themselves from Bush and Rice, backed off even further. They accepted Egypt's rigged elections last November without much comment. More to the point, a year ago—possibly at Mubarak's request—the administration cut funding for democracy promotion in Egypt. Just to be clear: That was money that would have been aimed at promoting "good governance, the rule of law and an independent judiciary, transparency and a free press, strong political parties, protection for the rights of minorities," which Clinton so decisively advocated on Saturday
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    Egyptian protests: How Bush and Obama both failed the cause of democracy. - By Anne Applebaum - Slate Magazine

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    Re: Egyptian Youth to Clinton: Where Was the Support?

    The new government is going to be taken over by the Muslim Brotherhood. Why should we attempt to make friends with them?
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    Re: Egyptian Youth to Clinton: Where Was the Support?

    Quote Originally Posted by apdst View Post
    The new government is going to be taken over by the Muslim Brotherhood. Why should we attempt to make friends with them?
    Why did Nixon go to China?

    It is not at all clear that the MB will take over the new Egyptian government, but it seems likely it will have a major presence in the new government if it is a democracy. Nixon could have put off his trip to China until the communists were out of power, but instead he went there to seek what common ground there was between us and them and to try to expand it in the interests of peace to the extent this could be done without compromising our own principles.

    In the same way, we can seek to engage with a new Egyptian government that includes the MB without compromising our principles. The MB has been banned in Egypt since 1954, yet it remains a strong political presence. The only way to assure that the MB and other disturbing political factions won't be part of a new government is to support another despotic regime like the one that was overthrown, and to do that, we would have to compromise our principles.

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