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Talks between top Egyptian officials and the Obama administration for Mubarak's immediate resignation, thoughts?

WASHINGTON – Talks are under way between the Obama administration and top Egyptian officials on the possible immediate resignation of President Hosni Mubarak and the formation of a military-backed caretaker government that could prepare the country for free and fair elections later this year, U.S. officials say.

With protests in Cairo and other Egyptian cities expected to grow in size and intensity Friday, the administration fears they may erupt into more widespread violence unless the government takes tangible steps to address the protesters' main demand that Mubarak leave office quickly. Creation of an interim government is just one of several possibilities under discussion, the officials said late Thursday.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the sensitive diplomatic talks, which are continuing.

The officials stressed that the United States isn't seeking to impose a solution on Egypt but said the administration had made a judgment that Mubarak has to go soon if there is to be a peaceful resolution to the crisis.

"The president has said that now is the time to begin a peaceful, orderly and meaningful transition, with credible, inclusive negotiations," a White House spokesman, Tommy Vietor, said Thursday night. "We have discussed with the Egyptians a variety of different ways to move that process forward, but all of those decisions must be made by the Egyptian people."

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sweet-a-kins

Asked by sweet-a-kins at 12:23 PM on Feb. 4, 2011 in Politics & Current Events

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  • sweet-a-kins

    Comment by sweet-a-kins (original poster) at 12:23 PM on Feb. 4, 2011

  • Like Obama's done such great things for our nation he thinks he can help other? I think Egypt is better off without him, even with the state they are in.
    scout_mom

    Answer by scout_mom at 12:26 PM on Feb. 4, 2011

  • Mubarak stated he wouldn't run again but he was going to finish out his term and stay in control another 7 months. The people didn't like his solution and violence erupted on the streets of Cairo, So now the US is meeting with Egyptian officials to see what they can do to help expedite the removal of Mubarak in hopes of quelling the protests as the people get what they want. I don't see what the issue is, it's a move to help stop the protests and violence that is erupting as a result of them.

    KristiS11384

    Answer by KristiS11384 at 12:36 PM on Feb. 4, 2011

  • Egypt is just a fuster cluck of mythical proportions, so if Mubarak steps down, who will take his place? Chances are that a way more nastier regime will be ruling Egypt
    Zakysmommy

    Answer by Zakysmommy at 12:45 PM on Feb. 4, 2011

  • Thoughts? This entire crisis isn't even near being resolved.
    grlygrlz2

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 12:48 PM on Feb. 4, 2011

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    Egypt is just a fuster cluck of mythical proportions, so if Mubarak steps down, who will take his place? Chances are that a way more nastier regime will be ruling Egypt

    I feel the same will happen in Iraq after we are gone

    sweet-a-kins

    Comment by sweet-a-kins (original poster) at 12:49 PM on Feb. 4, 2011

  • Getting Mubarak to step down sooner may stop the protest and violence but it depends on who takes over. If it's his son the people will still revolt. I believe talks with our administration and Egypt officials is the only way to make sure a peaceful transition takes place. We have to get involved to encourage peace, lets hope it ends with that and with no need to build up our troops over there. We can not afford another war !
    parrishsky

    Answer by parrishsky at 3:23 PM on Feb. 4, 2011

  • Sure they are. Obama to the rescue
    itsmesteph11

    Answer by itsmesteph11 at 6:32 PM on Feb. 4, 2011

  • I feel the same will happen in Iraq after we are gone

    We will always be engaged with Iraq. The best hope for Egypt is the military sets up an interim government. They are the most stable institution in Egypt. They are respected by the people and distrustful of Muslim Brotherhood.
    Carpy

    Answer by Carpy at 9:18 PM on Feb. 4, 2011

  • I've said before, we will always be in Iraq. Same with Afghanistan. We are still in Germany and Korea aren't we?

    How long till troops are sent to Cairo?
    There used to be a rotation to Syania. However it's spelled. IDK if they still go, it was in the 90's last I knew. I just wonder how long till we are involved, military speaking, in Cairo. Like we can afford it.
    Raine2001

    Answer by Raine2001 at 10:44 AM on Feb. 5, 2011

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