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January 31st, 2011
07:02 AM ET

James Rubin on America's diplomatic balancing act in Egypt

The United States is trying to get thousands of Americans out of Egypt and to safe havens in Europe amidst the current uprisings. But, despite the unrest, the Obama administration is trying to strike a delicate balance between condemning President Hosni Mubarak and supporting the long-time ally.

Former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State and Executive Editor of The Bloomberg View James Rubin talks to CNN's Kate Bolduan about the diplomatic conundrum facing the Obama administration right now.

Filed under: Egypt • U.S. • World
soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. Reen

    James Rubin, mind your business!!! You are wrong. How dare u!!! We did not get what we need from the Egyptian Government and we should not step back as Americans!!! Obama should not pull back and he should get on the phone and demand for protection for the Egyptian people, and for the violence to stop.

    February 2, 2011 at 11:29 am |
  2. Nikola Chalashkanov

    Very delicate situation in which an old friend turns into something more ...

    January 31, 2011 at 10:07 am |
  3. mike sey

    Father doesn't always know best, Joan. And its pretty clear that after 30 years of dictatorship there'd be nothing for the ' negotiators and politicians' (whoever they are) to negotiate without the people, (kids if you like) in the streets.

    However, I do agree that the American administration should be kept out of this. it seems very arrogant to keep saying "We should manage this or that as Tony Blair, Senator McCain and just about every western leader keeps saying. Unfortunately "We" have become so "in-bedded" in the situation over the years that this may be impossible.

    January 31, 2011 at 9:07 am |
  4. Joan

    The American media needs to step back and not fuel the fires of the unrest in Egypt. Can't you see that every time you have a reporter on camera the protestors jump in front or hype up the yelling? Many are laughing and are too young to realize they may be asking for real problems if they want the leader to leave immediately. They need to be careful what they ask for.. They are loving it. Stop bringing the American administration into this and let the negotiators and politicians who really know what is going on help solve this. They know that a reasonable, planned change to democracy is the best way. The leader is obviously going to leave sooner or later but a rushed exit could cause anarchy. Your comments and assumptions add nothing at all to solving the problem. There are other things going on in the world too you know.

    January 31, 2011 at 7:38 am |