U.S. Senator McCain, in Cairo, says Egypt near 'all-out bloodshed'

WASHINGTON Tue Aug 6, 2013 7:51pm EDT

U.S. Senator John McCain speaks as compatriot Senator Lindsey Graham (R) looks on during a news conference in Cairo, August 6, 2013. REUTERS/Asmaa Waguih

U.S. Senator John McCain speaks as compatriot Senator Lindsey Graham (R) looks on during a news conference in Cairo, August 6, 2013.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Unrest in Egypt could turn into "all-out bloodshed" in coming days if efforts to find a political solution fail, U.S. Senator John McCain warned on Tuesday during a visit to Cairo.

"Oh my God, I didn't know it was this bad. These folks are just days or weeks away from all-out bloodshed," McCain said during an interview in Cairo with "CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley."

McCain and fellow Republican Senator Lindsey Graham met with Egypt's new rulers as reports said the country's military-installed government could soon announce that foreign efforts to mediate a peaceful end to the country's political crisis were collapsing.

An Egyptian army takeover of the country on July 3 has led to violent confrontations between military forces and backers of overthrown President Mohamed Mursi.

During the CBS News interview, McCain, who unsuccessfully ran for U.S. president in 2008, said: "There is only one way to bring about a peaceful Egypt and that is the process of negotiation and reconciliation between the major players."

Nonetheless, he and Graham both acknowledged the difficulties ahead for Egypt.

Asked by CBS News if they thought Egypt "might fail," McCain responded, "I think it might. I wouldn't be here if I didn't think that it might and I think the events in next few weeks will determine that."

Graham added: "I'll go one step further. I think it's going to fail if something doesn't change. And to the American people, failure in Egypt matters to us."

Neither senator defined what it would mean to have Egypt "fail."

Traveling in Egypt during a U.S. Congress recess, McCain and Graham met with Egyptian army chief General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, interim Vice President Mohamed ElBaradei and interim Prime Minister Hazem el-Beblawi.

Asked whether Sisi embraced the U.S. message of reconciliation, McCain told CBS News: "I got the impression about General Sisi that he is a very strong man and that he is trying to do what he thinks is best for the Egyptian people."

(Reporting by Richard Cowan in Washington and Maggie Fick in Cairo; Editing by Cynthia Osterman)

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Comments (8)
oxen wrote:
This is how a politician tell you that Al-Sisi is a dicator.
“I got the impression about General Sisi that he is a very strong man and that he is trying to do what he thinks is best for the Egyptian people.”
Note: what he thinks, but not what the people think, not even his newly appointed puppets will be consulted, but it is the dicator Al-Sisi’s thoughs! What are bunch of garbage Egypt has in store! Al-Sisi must go now, else Egypt is doomed.

Aug 06, 2013 8:49pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
ccmmtt wrote:
1. The current leader of Al-Quida is an Egyptian who studied in Cairo University.

2. An Egyptian played the key role in attacking innocent civilians on 9/11.

3. An Egyptian was the second in command of Al-Quida when they attacked innocent civilians on 9/11.

4. in 2012, Egyptians burned U.S flags in broad day light and attacked U.S embassy.

5. in 2012, Egyptians chanted anti=American slogans on the streets of Cairo.
6. Even today, Egyptian’s don’t like U.S despite U.S giving them billions and F-16s and trying to help them solve the violence. On 08/04/2013, Aljazeera wrote the following: “Anti-US sentiment is growing on both sides of Egypt’s political divide…At rallies held by both sides, anti-American chants are common.” And on August 5, 2013, Al Jazeera wrote the following: “Both supporters and opponents of the military see the US as self-interested and hypocritical”. Despite U.S much efforts to help them, including days of efforts by the deputy secretary of state and these two senators, the current interim president said, according to TIME, “But Egypt’s interim presidency denounced “foreign pressure” in a sign of its growing impatience with international mediations.” They jut don’t seem to get it. No matter what the U.S does, no matter how much the U.S tries, Egyptians don’t seem to get it.

Probably, it is just time U.S takes a pose and rethink if it can get any real friendship from Egypt? I think it is even overdue. Egypt should earn the aid that U.S gives it. Let us face it, billions of dollars is no little money and 12 F-16s is also not a little aid. U.S should support its true friends not those that really are unable to have a good heart for U.S.

Now, Egypt seems to think U.S billions of dollars in aid is their birth right.

Aug 06, 2013 9:20pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
BanglaFirst wrote:
Put this evil devilish Stalinist-Hitler traitor Sisi and his overweight overburdened judiciary idiots and losers of the last election on trial because together they are the true enemy of Egypt; These coup leaders are trying to stage a Mubarak Chapter II comeback with falsehood as well as running propaganda via media they have 100% control over. These despicable people such as tyrant Sisi and his criminal fat & loser insects and hoodlums should be cremated not given abode in AC rooms.These evil men and brainwashed idiots are mocking democracy and free spirited logical independent minded people of Egypt. Stamp these evil traitors out of Egypt and do not believe in their propaganda that has been flooding out of Egyptian State media that they control & funded by desert tyrants of Saudi Arabia, UAE & Kuwait.

Aug 06, 2013 9:36pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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