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Clinton to Defend US Funding for New Democracies Amid Anti-American Protests

Afghans burn the U.S. flag in Herat, west of Kabul, Afghanistan, Sept. 16, 2012, during a protest against an Internet video mocking the Prophet Muhammad.Afghans burn the U.S. flag in Herat, west of Kabul, Afghanistan, Sept. 16, 2012, during a protest against an Internet video mocking the Prophet Muhammad.
Afghans burn the U.S. flag in Herat, west of Kabul, Afghanistan, Sept. 16, 2012, during a protest against an Internet video mocking the Prophet Muhammad.
Afghans burn the U.S. flag in Herat, west of Kabul, Afghanistan, Sept. 16, 2012, during a protest against an Internet video mocking the Prophet Muhammad.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton goes to Capitol Hill this week to defend continuing U.S. support for new democracies in North Africa and the Middle East at a time of anti-American protests.  Many of those demonstrators appear to be protesting a U.S.-made film that mocks the Prophet Muhammad.

State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland says Congressional leaders want a full assessment of the anti-American protests and what the Obama administration is doing to protect diplomatic personnel and facilities abroad.

There have been demonstrations in about 20 countries since last week, when violence erupted at the U.S. embassy in Egypt, and the American ambassador to Libya and three of his staff were killed in an attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi.

Nuland says Clinton will tell lawmakers that the United States must stand with new leaders in North Africa and the Middle East.

“These people in all of these transitioning countries who have stood up for change and who have fought for change in their own countries - whether you are talking about Libya or Tunisia or Yemen or Egypt - we don’t want now to let a few mobs hijack their desire for a better future," Nuland said.

She says the United States should deepen and broaden its support in the region, so people with grievances express them at the ballot box rather than through violence.

Democratic countries, Nuland says, make better allies.

“We are now standing with governments across this region that are freely elected, that have to be accountable to their people.  And that is better for us than where we were before this Arab Spring.  But we can’t abandon these people now, particularly because they are facing extremism in their midst.  They are facing folks who want to roll back the clock inside their countries and between their countries,” Nuland said.

America's role in North Africa and the Middle East has become an issue in U.S. presidential campaign, with Republican candidate Mitt Romney saying that Democratic President Barrack Obama has weakened America’s standing in the region.

Obama says the U.S. diplomats killed in Libya risked their lives “to help one of the world’s youngest democracies get on its feet.”  He says no act of violence will shake America's resolve.

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by: Elizabeth Rogers from: Silverdale, WA
September 18, 2012 3:07 PM
The Palestinian plight has long been of great interest to me. It troubles me that Peace hangs in such a delicate balance. The truth be known; the Israelis who are responsible for the continued cruelty and destruction of Palestinian homes, schools, and public buildings, is abhorrent

by: Hai Nguyen from: fairfax
September 18, 2012 1:32 PM
I support for Hillary in stepping stone Funding to the .........
happening in that region .not to point finger to anyone we have it business to the last drop .we don't play politic in presidential 2012
not Mitt or Obama .
this is Hillary supporter more funding to the last drop .not to ask and not tell .be smart not dump and stupid .......ABC ......
TGS Thank God Sir .

by: Godwin from: Nigeria
September 18, 2012 12:40 PM
I want somebody to please define 'independence' to me once again. If independence still retains the meaning I'm used to since my primary school days, then permit me to ask: is USA an independent or a dependent country? It does seem that USA pays more than half its annual budget to these so called young democracies that hate USA with passion, and someone appears helpless here.

No matter what Nuland or Clinton will say, the question will remain: weighed against the expected gain, is the continued slaving for these mobs worth the trouble? Nuland said, "we don’t want now to let a few mobs hijack their desire for a better future," a show of sympathy, but why have we not heard a dissenting voice to show that there are also responsible people out there for whom our sympathy can go to these countries. Unless there is something else not told, USA is on a mission of wastes courting those mobs

by: Rachel from: Los Angeles, CA
September 18, 2012 5:21 AM
Hillary must maintain those kickbacks for her upcoming retirement in January. So she has to defend our continuing funding of all those "allies" of ours who murder our citizens and scream "Death To America!". No blowback for that, huh Hill?

by: LeRoy Padmore from: Jersey City,NJ
September 18, 2012 2:04 AM
I just want to thank the VOA staff for posting my comments,I really do appreciate all my comments the VOA and Staff is because of you our voices are heard.we are not violent people,we are people of the truth,and anytime you begin to speak the true,you will stand alone.but with VOA,FACEBOOK AND GOOGLE we are not standing alone.our voices has been heard.this freedom of speech,this Man has done nothing wrong.this is America he has the right to make what ever film he wants to make.God Bless America,God Bless the VOA and Staff.

by: LeRoy Padmore from: Jersey City,NJ
September 18, 2012 1:54 AM
Madam Clinton just don't get it yet.these Islamic people don't understand democracy,and I don't what we do to bring about democracy in the middle east,it won't work.the Muslim nations are rule by their Koran.the Koran governors their nations.and it teaches them violence against all those who do not embrace Islam.what went on last week is nothing to what they have planning for the U.S and Israel and Christians.Lebanon and Egypt were Christian country,the Muslim came over took the people with violence,they have the spirit of the anti Christ.They have taking over Europe and around the world with violence.they are the problem.America,Israel and the Christians those Muslim will never like you.they will never accept you.the Arab has never been our is time that we resurrect from our own lies.Islam does not like the Jews,Christians and America.your mark my word.God Bless America,God Bless Israel and let the Eagle fly high.

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