Hillary Indicates U.S. Done with Mubarak
The U.S. has moved on from the president of Egypt, offering leadership toward an orderly transition to democracy.
CROWLEY: It seems to me that when this started out and we saw the signs and the protesters in the street, they were anti-Mubarak. Now, if you are watching, we are seeing signs that say "U.S., stop backing Mubarak." What side is the U.S. on, Mubarak or the people in the streets?
CLINTON: Well, there's another choice. It's the Egyptian people.
We are on the side - as we have been for more than 30 years - of a democratic Egypt that provides both political and economic rights to its people, that respects the universal human rights of all Egyptians. And that is the message that every ambassador, whether Republican or Democratic president, everyone has conveyed for over 30 years.
What happens is truly up to the Egyptian people.
CLINTON: ...Much has to be done. And we're not advocating– we're not advocating any specific outcome. We are advocating that the government, the representatives of the civil society, the political opposition and activists begin a dialogue to chart a course.
Egypt is a large, complex, very important country. I don't think the Egyptian people want to see what is a very clear effort to obtain political and economic rights turn into any kind of new form of oppression or suppression or violence or letting loose criminal elements. That's not what they're in the streets protesting for.
So how do we get from where they are today to where they would like to be? It needs to be done immediately with a process that brings people to the table and that the Egyptian people can see, "Oh, I know so-and-so. He represents a group that has been advocating for democracy for many years."
This is going to be a legitimate effort that is going to result in changes that will have responded to the needs and the voices of the people who have been protesting.
Mubarak met with the military today... which may indicate he's getting ready to heed calls to leave the country immediately.
Egyptian opposition figure Mohamed ElBaradei said on Sunday that President Hosni Mubarak must leave office today to make way for a national unity government.