Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, a highly controversial figure in US politics, suggested this week that President Barack Obama’s handling the revolution in Egypt “correctly,” despite objections from Israel.
“We have been acting correctly,” he told Bloomberg TV during a Tuesday broadcast. “We have been playing catch-up, but so is everybody else.”
President Obama has, according to published reports, played a key diplomatic role in persuading Egypt’s military to stand down, and urged President Hosni Mubarak to not seek reelection.
That has not proved enough for the protesters, who continued to occupy a large public square in Cairo. (Continuing live coverage and chat here.)
When Iranians revolted in 2009, the Nixon-era official had similar praise for the president, suggesting he was handling it well.
“Well, you know, I was a McCain supporter and — but I think the president has handled this well,” he told CNN. “Anything that the United States says that puts us totally behind one of the contenders, behind Mousavi, would be a handicap for that person. And I think it’s the proper position to take that the people of Iran have to make that decision.
Speaking to Bloomberg, Kissinger was relatively blunt in his assessment of the evolving situation in Egypt.
“We don’t really know what’s going on,” he said. “We don’t know what is meant by the people of Egypt at this particular point. We know there are big demonstrations and they must represent various elements that exist in Egypt. So as I understand our position, it is that we hope it will be a peaceful transition.”
He added that he’d like to see “a pluralistic government that has re-elections” emerge from the turmoil, establishing a government that will “think about the economic recovery of Egypt.”
“In my view, it’s going to be a long process until we get to that point,” he said, adding that it’s likely mere “months, at most, before Mubarak will resign.”
And while he’s also supported the president on his Afghan troop surge and initiative to close the Guantanamo Bay military prison, Kissinger has not been tapped as an adviser to President Obama.
After President Obama’s inauguration, Kissinger famously said it would be his “task” to create “a new world order.”
This video is from Bloomberg TV, broadcast Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2011.
Pelosi smacks down Fox News reporter’s question — and hilariously explains to Trump what ‘exculpatory’ means
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) on Thursday smacked down Fox News reporter Chad Pergram after he insinuated that House Democrats seemed "excited" about the prospect of impeaching President Donald Trump.
During a press conference, Pergram asked Pelosi, "Why would the public not think that the House is dead set on a course to impeach the president when all of this milieu was going on?"
"All this milieu is a seeking of the truth," she replied. "It's called an inquiry."
Pelosi at this point turned to the camera and seemed to address Trump directly.
"And if the president has something that is exculpatory -- Mr. President, that means if you have anything that shows your innocence -- then he should make that known," she said. "And that's part of the inquiry. So far we haven't seen that."
‘That’s bribery’: Nancy Pelosi explains why Trump is in deeper water than he thinks
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) on Thursday explained why President Donald Trump could be guilty of attempted bribery.
At a press conference, Pelosi pointed out that bribery is named in the U.S. Constitution as an impeachable offense.
"What is the bribe?" the Speaker was asked.
"The bribe is to grant or withhold military assistance [from Ukraine] in return for a public statement of a fake investigation into the elections. That is bribery," she explained.
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LIVE COVERAGE: Multiple victims reported in Southern California school shooting
Police are searching for a shooter who opened fire at southern California high school.
The Santa Clarita Valley sheriff's office tweeted Thursday around 8 a.m. local time that shots had been fired at Saugus High School.
Saugus was placed on lockdown, along with nearby elementary schools.
Multiple victims were reported at the school, although few details were released.
The shooter remains at large.