News / Middle East

White House: Chaos is Alternative to Democratic Process in Egypt

A supporter of Egypt's former President Hosni Mubarak holds a defaced picture of U.S. ambassador to Egypt Anne Patterson (bottom) and U.S. President Barack Obama (top) as others shout slogans against members of the Muslim Brotherhood and supporters of ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, before Mubarak's trial in Cairo, July 6, 2013.
A supporter of Egypt's former President Hosni Mubarak holds a defaced picture of U.S. ambassador to Egypt Anne Patterson (bottom) and U.S. President Barack Obama (top) as others shout slogans against members of the Muslim Brotherhood and supporters of ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, before Mubarak's trial in Cairo, July 6, 2013.
The United States continues to urge restraint by the military, and all parties and groups in Egypt, saying the alternative to an inclusive and democratic process after President Mohamed Morsi's ouster is chaos.  

Two issues dominated Wednesday's White House news briefing: arrest orders issued for top Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood leaders, and the determination to be made about U.S. assistance to Egypt.

Decades-old U.S. law requires that non-humanitarian aid be suspended to a country where a military coup has occurred. Egypt currently receives about $1.5 billion in military and economic aid.

The Obama administration refuses to attach any timeline to the process of determining whether the ouster of President Morsi was a coup.

Press secretary Jay Carney said an immediate aid cutoff would not be in U.S. interests, adding there is an ongoing evaluation of what happened in Egypt and of "responsibilities under the law."

There will be no rush to a decision, he said.

"This is not a matter for political back and forth or five day deadlines alone, it is a matter for serious and cautious implementation of policy that is in the best interests of the United States and the best interests of the American people and, because that is our policy objective, in the best interests long term of the Egyptian people," said Carney.

Carney said the U.S. is evaluating how Egyptian authorities "are responding to and handling the current situation," and he described what the U.S. - with help from partners and allies - is communicating to Egyptians.

"The alternative is chaos, the alternative is a failure of Egypt to reach its enormous potential, the alternative is sustained disappointment among the Egyptian people about the limitations placed on their own futures," he said.

The White House acknowledged there are major concerns about potential negative regional impacts from "a continued violent crisis in Egypt," adding that "reconciliation is the goal and compromise is the means to achieving the goal."

Carney also defended the work of the U.S. ambassador to Egypt, Anne Patterson, who became a focus of anti-U.S. criticism in street demonstrations.

Obama's spokesman called Patterson a "supremely skilled diplomat" who "absolutely" has the president's confidence.  

He also rejected the notion that by engaging with the Morsi government, Patterson was somehow "picking sides," adding that as she engaged with the Morsi government, she will engage with Egypt's next democratically-elected civilian government.

You May Like

Video US, Japan Offer Lessons as Eurozone Launches Huge Stimulus

Euro falls after European Central Bank announces a bigger-than-expected $67 billion-a-month quantitative easing program More

Saudi King’s Death Clears Succession Route

Prince Mohammed Bin Nayef is Saudi Arabia's New Crown Prince-in-waiting More

Cloud Hangs Over US Counterterrorism Efforts in Yemen

Sources say resignations of Yemen's president, government has left US anti-terror operations 'paralyzed,' yet an American military 'footprint' remains More

This forum has been closed.
Comment Sorting
Comments
     
by: Amera from: Minnesota
July 11, 2013 5:10 PM
Why did Morsi leave? People loved him, but now that he's gone, people who used to be Mubareks sidekicks are taking control of the over meant. So all the people who died...died for nothing.


by: Godwin from: Nigeria
July 11, 2013 9:14 AM
So there seems to be chaos out there? No, there is no real chaos. The problem is the people of Egypt are trying to get it right. It is a long process and involves trials and errors. They have started well, they have hit a rock, they make a turn to find the right path to follow. Right now only one blind group wants to lead the Egyptians. It is called the Muslim Brotherhood. It appears to be blind and so cannot lead the people, and lest they fall into a ditch, the people decided that the Muslim Brotherhood cannot lead the way.

There is no chaos, you can see, as the legal luminaries - the learned ones - are now in charge All Egypt needs now is to forge ahead. They should understand that though democracy is an all-inclusive system, but it can leave some stubborn parts aside in order to move forward. If they wait to carry everyone along, including those who will not move unless they are in the lead, then they will be stagnated. Which is what Muslim Brotherhood is all about. Egypt is not in chaos but the Muslim Brotherhood is.

In Response

by: Amera from: Egypt
July 11, 2013 5:12 PM
You are blind, ma'am. Have you been to Egypt? You know knotting, so don't spread vicious rumors. You don't know people who've died. You know nothing, but what the news tells you. And guess what? The news is corrupt, controlled by the bad guys.


by: Rose from: Canada
July 11, 2013 1:57 AM
The democratic process elected Morsi, the mob chaos gave the militarty the excuse they were looking for to take the democratically elected president out of office.

The US loves to pay lip service to democracy. Too bad it doesn't actually support democracy.

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Worldwide Photo Workshops Empower Youthi
X
Julie Taboh
January 23, 2015 11:08 PM
Last September, 20 young adults from South Sudan took part in a National Geographic Photo Camp. They are among hundreds of students from around the world who have learned how to use a camera to tell the stories of the people in their communities through the powerful medium of photography. Three camp participants talked about their experiences recently on a visit to Washington. VOA’s Julie Taboh reports.
Video

Video Worldwide Photo Workshops Empower Youth

Last September, 20 young adults from South Sudan took part in a National Geographic Photo Camp. They are among hundreds of students from around the world who have learned how to use a camera to tell the stories of the people in their communities through the powerful medium of photography. Three camp participants talked about their experiences recently on a visit to Washington. VOA’s Julie Taboh reports.
Video

Video US, Japan Offer Lessons as Eurozone Launches Huge Stimulus

The Euro currency has fallen sharply after the European Central Bank announced a bigger-than-expected $67 billion-a-month quantitative easing program Thursday - commonly seen as a form of printing new money. Henry Ridgwell reports for VOA from London on whether the move might rescue the eurozone economy -- and what lessons have been learned from similar programs around the world.
Video

Video Nigerian Elections Pose Concern of Potential Conflict in 'Middle Belt'

Nigeria’s north-central state of Kaduna has long been the site of fighting between Muslims and Christians as well as between people of different ethnic groups. As the February elections approach, community and religious leaders are making plans they hope will keep the streets calm after results are announced. Chris Stein reports from the state capital, Kaduna.
Video

Video As Viewership Drops, Obama Puts His Message on YouTube

Ratings reports show President Obama’s State of the Union address this week drew the lowest number of viewers for this annual speech in 15 years. White House officials anticipated this, and the president has decided to take a non-traditional approach to getting his message out. VOA White House correspondent Luis Ramirez reports.
Video

Video S. Korean Businesses Want to End Trade Restrictions With North

Business leaders in South Korea are calling for President Park Geun-hye to ease trade restrictions with North Korea that were put in place in 2010 after the sinking of a South Korean warship.Pro-business groups argue that expanding trade and investment is not only good for business, it is also good for long-term regional peace and security. VOA’s Brian Padden reports.
Video

Video US Marching Bands Grow Into a Show of Their Own

The 2014 Super Bowl halftime show was the most-watched in history - attracting an estimated 115 million viewers. That event featured pop star Bruno Mars. But the halftime show tradition started with marching bands, which still dominate the entertainment at U.S. high school and college American football games. But as Enming Liu reports in this story narrated by Adrianna Zhang, marching bands have grown into a show of their own.
Video

Video Secular, Religious Kurds Face Off in Southeast Turkey

Turkey’s predominantly Kurdish southeast has been rocked by violence between religious and secular Kurds. Dorian Jones reports on the reasons behind the stand-off from the region's main city of Diyarbakir, which suffered the bloodiest fighting.
Video

Video Kenya: Misuse of Antibiotics Leading to Resistance by Immune System

In Kenya, the rise of drug resistant bacteria could reverse the gains made by medical science over diseases that were once treatable. Kenyans could be at risk of fatalities as a result if the power in antibiotics is not preserved. Lenny Ruvaga has more on the story from Nairobi.
Video

Video Solar-Powered Plane Getting Ready to Circumnavigate Globe

Pilots of the solar plane that already set records flying without a drop of fuel are close to making their first attempt to fly the craft around the globe. They plan to do it in 25 flying days over a five month period. VOA’s George Putic reports.
Video

Video How Experts Decide Ethiopia Has the Best Coffee

Ethiopia’s coffee has been ranked as the best in the world by an international group of coffee connoisseurs. Not surprisingly, coffee is a top export for the country. But at home it is a source of pride. Marthe van der Wolf in Addis Ababa decided to find out what makes the bean and brew so special and how experts make their determinations.
Video

Video Yazidi Refugees at Center of Political Fight Between Turkey, Kurds

The treatment of thousands of Yazidis refugees who fled to Turkey to escape attacks by Islamic State militants has become the center of a dispute between the Turkish government and the country's pro-Kurdish movement. VOA's Dorian Jones reports.
Video

Video World’s Richest 1% Forecast to Own More Than Half of Global Wealth

The combined wealth of the world's richest 1 percent will overtake that of the remaining 99 percent at some point in 2016, according to the anti-poverty charity Oxfam. Campaigners are demanding that policymakers take action to address the widening gap between the ‘haves’ and the ‘have nots’, as Henry Ridgwell reports for VOA from London.

Circumventing Censorship

An Internet Primer for Healthy Web Habits

As surveillance and censoring technologies advance, so, too, do new tools for your computer or mobile device that help protect your privacy and break through Internet censorship.
More

All About America

AppleAndroid