Clinton: Mubarak's Fate in Hands of 'Egyptian People'
She avoids explicitly stating whether the US is with him or against him
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 30, 2011 12:14 PM CST
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.   (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)

(Newser) – Hillary Clinton continued to tread a careful line about the US position to Hosni Mubarak on the morning talk shows. Asked directly whether the US was distancing itself from the Egyptian leader, she answered: "We don't want to send any message about backing forward or backing away." She said his future “is going to be up to the Egyptian people,” adding that whatever happens to him specifically, the nation needs an "orderly transition" to "real democracy." She called for a dialogue with protesters, taking care to compliment the military as a "respected institution."

Some examples of how it's being parsed:

  • New York Times: "Her phrasing seemed to imply an eventual end to Mr. Mubarak’s 30 years in power," perhaps in the already scheduled fall elections.
  • Politico: She "continued the Obama administration’s careful but unmistakable move away from" Mubarak by "declining to repeat her assessment that the Egyptian government is 'stable,' and instead pressing for a move to democracy in the largest Arab country."
  • Los Angeles Times: She "made clear that the United States was not demanding that embattled President Hosni Mubarak step down in the face of continuing demonstrations."
  • Mediaite has a video clip.

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williambaranowski
Jan 31, 2011 2:55 AM CST
She made it clear that it should be a Greyhound bus that he gets thrown under.
loki
Jan 30, 2011 10:21 PM CST
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hatchling1
Jan 30, 2011 4:12 PM CST
Hillary is treading the middle ground... not endorsing anything specific, except the expression of democratic movement. I find no fault in her comments, which I'm sure were approved by the White House. So far, the uprising in Egypt is primarily led by the forces for democracy. The situation is volatile, of course, and the Islamist extremists may try to take advantage, but that doesn't appear to be what the majority of Egyptians want to happen.