Obama and Clinton on Egypt

By David Shenk

UPDATE: 1/28/11 2:20 p.m.

Is anyone else ashamed so far by the U.S. response to the protests in Egypt? So far, we have Secretary Clinton making a statement about Egypt's stability, and -- just a few minutes ago -- a tweet from Press Secretary Gibbs asking the Egyptian government to reverse their restrictions on Internet and cell phone service.

Very concerned about violence in Egypt - government must respect the rights of the Egyptian people & turn on social networking and internet

A tweet from the Press Secretary ... could they be any quieter about it? How about a on-camera denunciation of violence, house arrests, etc.? How about a denunciation of the British company Vodaphone for complying with the order to shut down cell service?

Update: Clinton has now made a reasonably strong statement on camera -- still not quite enough for my tastes. She went with "deeply concerned." Seems to me that "disturbed" is more appropriate. I don't hear them denouncing. I don't hear any anger or sadness. I understand that they have to walk a fine line, and I'm not blind to the complex politics involved. But violent suppression is to be denounced, period.


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