WASHINGTON Feb 3 (Reuters) - The U.S. intelligence committee warned President Barack Obama's administration of instability in Egypt at the end of 2010, but did not foresee the trigger for unrest, a top U.S. intelligence official said on Thursday.
"We have warned of instability. We didn't know what the triggering mechanism would be for that. And that happened at the end of the last year," said Stephanie O'Sullivan, a current CIA official nominated to become the principal deputy director of national intelligence.
She was asked at her Senate confirmation hearing when the U.S. intelligence community warned Obama that protesters might threaten Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's grip on power.
(Reporting by Phil Stewart, Editing by Sandra Maler)
Asked by Anonymous at 3:58 PM on Feb. 3, 2011 in Politics & Current Events
Answer by samurai_chica at 4:00 PM on Feb. 3, 2011
Answer by grlygrlz2 at 4:02 PM on Feb. 3, 2011
I wish officials would have been more forceful (we fund their military) on withholding financial assistance for a more democratic election process and for the Mubarak regime to step down earlier in this 'ordeal'.... Now, we just need to do what we can to protect US citizens in Egypt and our allies near Egypt. I worry about the future of foreign relations/treaties and agreements.
Answer by grlygrlz2 at 4:06 PM on Feb. 3, 2011
Answer by samurai_chica at 4:07 PM on Feb. 3, 2011
So if we don't pay them, they're going to threaten us? Would they really?
More like, If we formally announce we will stop paying them, then we have a greater chance for 'leverage'...
Answer by grlygrlz2 at 4:10 PM on Feb. 3, 2011
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Answer by janet116 at 5:11 PM on Feb. 3, 2011
Answer by Carpy at 5:58 PM on Feb. 3, 2011