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article imageOp-Ed: White House trys to spin Egypt 'ally' comment

By Larry Clifton     Sep 13, 2012 in Politics
Washington - As the Middle East cauldron boils over, the White House is in full spin-cycle after President Obama declared Egypt neither an ally nor an enemy.
The White House is in full spin cycle after President Obama declared Egypt neither an ally nor an enemy, according to The Weekly Standard.
State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland seemed to articulate the message that Egypt is indeed an ally, seemingly disputing Mr. Obama’s earlier on-the-fence proclamation on a Latin nationwide television network.
President Barack Obama didn't intend to signal any change in the U.S.-Egypt relationship last night when he said Egypt is not an "ally," Nuland, a White House spokesperson told The Cable today.
It was during an interview with Telemundo Wednesday night that Obama clearly stated that the U.S. relationship with the new Egyptian government was a "work in progress," before saying the country was not a U.S. ally. The President emphasized that the United States is relying on Egypt’s government to do a better job of protecting the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, which was assaulted by protesters on Sept. 11.
"I don't think that we would consider them an ally, but we don't consider them an enemy," Obama said. "They're a new government that is trying to find its way. They were democratically elected. I think that we are going to have to see how they respond to this incident."
The president’s position clearly raised hackles in already inflamed relations with Arabs in the Middle East.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of DigitalJournal.com
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