Hillary Clinton on Egypt: 'We Must Make Sure the Revolution Isn't Hijacked By Extremists'
Hillary Clinton went ‘On the Record’ with Greta Van Susteren in her final days as secretary of state. Regarding the escalating crisis in the Middle East, particularly in Egypt, Van Susteren asked Clinton her thoughts on what’s going to unfold and if the U.S. should intervene.
Clinton said, “I think that post the Arab revolutions that took place in Egypt, and Libya, and Tunisia, […] there was always going to be a period of adjustment.”
She said the U.S. must work with the international community and the people in Egypt to ensure that the revolution isn’t hijacked by extremists. Clinton acknowledged
that “it’s hard” to go from decades under one man or one party rule to democracy.
Van Susteren asked about President Mohammed Morsi’s past statements about Israel and an Egyptian senior aide recently saying that the Holocaust didn’t exist. She asked pointedly, “Is Morsi with us or against us?”
Clinton answered, “We were quite concerned about those statements and the Egyptian presidency repudiated them and reaffirmed a commitment to the Egypt-Israel Peace Treaty.”
Having spoken with Morsi, Clinton says he has “a lot of the right intentions.” She remained cautious, saying, “We have to you know, keep pushing forward and yet call it like we see it when we think something is not appropriate.”
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