Egyptian government imposes travel ban on American citizens
KT McFarland weighs in
- Duration 3:57
- Date Jan 29, 2012
KT McFarland weighs in
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Six Americans including the transportation secretary signs.
Still trapped in -- of tonight.
Blocked from leaving by that country's new government.
And this -- same government our government was so quick to support by not supporting housing Mubarak a year ago.
Many in the world community very critical of the White House -- turning its back on Mubarak after being a long time ally to America.
Educated -- not if the lack of trust in Egypt for the United States will be costly to have -- -- used this coming right.
What does it here's my concern and absolutely not absolutely it ever revolutions that react like.
Act one -- the dictator act to all the people who were united in trying to topple the dictator -- -- -- to govern.
In the case of Egypt.
They haven't got -- 5000 years 5000 years and more.
He's just been governed by dictators and -- and -- a lot of conservatives cheered the sun right now well as a great thing that highs in the park with getting tossed out they had including the Obama administration as well as a neo conservatives thought this is great it's going to be democracy.
My concern always -- when you have a chaotic situation.
At a power vacuum.
What rushes in to fill that vacuum is not necessarily a secular democracy is often the most well organized.
Ruthless sometimes violent group anything that doesn't -- the Muslim brother they're the only organized opposition in Asia threw out.
So it's it's very possible and likely they will be the group.
That winds at the -- No let's finance states of the sort of like you know what Egypt is just too big to fail we need Egypt Egypt has they've they've been ruling went there is -- as such as saying to us you know what.
You need us more than we need -- without.
There's a problem with Egypt is that too big to fail and and all the ingredients that -- -- that caused people to go out into the streets massive youth unemployment.
A bad economy terrible prospects should so overall there -- they're getting worse.
Right to be expelled classes at an -- though that would to the United States -- we need this ally Israel it has been a stable forcefully you know.
Basically we've been -- a two billion a year rights since and I.
Even denying that -- of course each of this country that all the other countries in the region looked right at as agent goes so may be others.
The other thing is if Egypt was the first country to sign a peace agreement with Israel.
As a as a result of that there's been peace between Israel and Egypt for the last thirty years what happens now what happens for example if the egyptians start starving.
By the end of the summer -- running out of money.
Yeah I rampart we -- tourism is basically dried out and everything Egypt's reserves have have to what eighteen billion -- Gallup.
Could -- come back to us with a tin cup Egypt could come to us again and say you know we need money than what we do we I mean you tossed out an -- as -- point out causing the part.
Which you aware of the -- on air to say we should not do we should not abandon him last year.
And now -- what are we dealing -- what ideology need to he had to go back to back to push him out in the late -- -- alienated entire get government out do you think that with nothing to take its place creating a vacuum at the same time as the saudis.
The one group in the in the region looked at Austin set up Labarca -- your friend America for thirty years she shot him over would you do the same to us as a result.
We've had very bad relations with the saudis who with and that's the one country that can help us with oil.
And that's the one country that can then go to countries like Egypt and say will top it up will pay for the problems that you might.
Otherwise encounter because you don't have that foreign currency count how concerned -- you Katie where does this go from here with Egypt.
Well I think that the pathetic if there is escalating the key data -- and violation right just had a collection 75%.
Of the have their voters.
Voted for Islamist party -- Muslim Brotherhood and even more conservative groups that's not a good sign the fact that they've taken American aid workers.
And they're putting them basically our arresting them that's another and it academy administration take has has a son of the transportation sector right.
We'll Katie Euro is terrific -- thank you really appreciate your time tonight and -- front.