Skip to comments.Pelosi: ‘We’ll see’ whether Egypt is ally
Posted on 09/13/2012 5:07:01 PM PDT by Sub-Driver
Pelosi: Well see whether Egypt is ally By Mike Lillis - 09/13/12 06:49 PM ET
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) called Thursday for continued U.S. aid to Egypt but stopped short of labeling the Muslim nation an ally.
Some conservative lawmakers are pushing to halt aid to Egypt in the wake of this week's volatile protests at the U.S. Embassy in Cairo. But Pelosi warned that a destabilized Egypt would lead to greater unrest in the region, threatening the national security of Israel and the United States alike.
"It is a force in the Middle East; it is a country with whom we must have a good relationship; it's important, again, for our national security interests, and part of our national security interests involve the security of Israel," Pelosi said.
"But even if Israel did not exist, the fact is that we really do have to help Egypt go forward," she added. "I don't know about the word 'ally' we'll see but the fact is that we have an interest in Egypt's success, and let's hope that we can do that as allies."
Egyptian protesters on Tuesday stormed the U.S. Embassy in Cairo and ripped down the American flag, which was flying at half-mast to honor the eleventh anniversary of 9/11. A separate attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi killed four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens. By Thursday, the unrest had spread to Yemen.
The violence was apparently spawned by a crude, web-based video critical of Islam and the Prophet Muhammad that originated in the United States.
The unrest has thrust foreign affairs into the presidential contest, putting intense pressure on President Obama to manage the crisis even as GOP nominee Mitt Romney has hammered the administration's response.
"It's disgraceful that the Obama administration's first response was not to condemn attacks on our diplomatic missions, but to sympathize with those who waged the attacks," Romney said in a statement issued Tuesday night, before the news of Stevens' death was made public.
Pelosi called Romney's attacks on Obama "inappropriate," but focused more attention on the bipartisan outpouring of support for the victims' families.
"All members of Congress stand united in condemning this brazen attack," Pelosi said.
Some lawmakers have noted a sharp difference in the response of the Libyan and Egyptian governments, applauding Libya's cooperation while hammering Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi for his failure to condemn the attacks quickly.
"It is very troubling, quite frankly unacceptable, that the leader of a country that receives as much aid as Egypt receives from us would take so long to express any sort of outrage or condemnation on whats occurred," Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) said Thursday.
Speaking from Brussels on Thursday, Morsi finally went after the protesters, condemning both the derogatory video and the violent reaction to it.
"I speak on behalf of the Egyptian people when I say defaming prophet Muhammad is unacceptable," Morsi said, adding that, "We strongly condemn and reject the killing of the American ambassador in Libya. The prophet taught us to respect all human life."
A number of House Republicans this week proposed to end U.S. aid to Libya and Egypt as part of the continuing resolution that passed the House Thursday.
Hours before that vote, Pelosi warned that such a defunding would further destabilize an already shaky Middle East.
"I believe that there has been a consensus that we cannot leave Egypt by the by," Pelosi said. "So if they're suggesting that we cut off assistance to Egypt I don't agree with that.
"Its economic success is important to the stability of the country, and that's important to the stability of the region and
global peace," she said.
Is she ever??
Hillary can kiss away any hope or chance of being President of this country!!!!
Oh how I wish we could have “Question Time” like they do in the British Parliament.
So, they are basically holding the ‘US TAXPAYERS’ hostage?????
We have to send the money to Egypt, so we can see how they will use it.
We have to send the money to Egypt and Libya, so we can see how they will use it.
0bama needs another apology tour is all.
Yep. Only 10 minutes of that and we would have the entire Administration submitting their resignations.
” We have to send the money to Egypt and Libya, so we can see how they will use it.”
THERE ISN’T A HELL HOT ENOUGH FOR THIS WOMAN.
To all you freepers who were so thrilled that the Egyptians, Syrians, and Libyans were “fighting for democracy” -
have you figured it out yet?
Exactly and did she see the disgusting deaths of the Americans there?
“We will have to give them a billion dollars first before we know if Egypt is an ally.” - Nanzi Pelozi
Could she even show a difference between drunk or sober?
Every year around 9-11, we listen for chatter....This should have never happened.
Someone said the Marines were not guarding the embassy but that it wouldn't have mattered because the attackers numbered 400.
Apparently they don't know anything about our marines.
Nanzi Pelozi did a facepalm and found her ass with both hands.
the consulate where Ambassador Chris Stevens was killed was an interim facility with zero Marines. None. Instead, it was staffed by Libyan security officers, who according to CBS News, told Ambassador Stevens to hide in a second building, then promptly directed the Islamist mob to him. He was murdered and dragged through the streets.