Egyptians Firm on Regime Change, US Pushes Slower Approach

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Just before yesterday's Super Bowl game, President Obama gave Fox News his latest assessment of events in Egypt. In parts of Cairo today, banks opened and shops were staffed. The Egyptian government wants business as usual, but protesters in Cairo aren't giving an inch and they're considering demonstrations in other cities. Vice President Suleiman met yesterday with a group including the Muslim Brotherhood, and each side has a different version of what really went on. Protest leaders are particularly skeptical about Washington's call for an "orderly transition," saying it sounds like a recipe for continued repression. We get an update from Tahrir Square, hear different estimates of possible outcomes and discuss why Egypt is so important to American interests.

Credits

Guests:
David D. Kirkpatrick - New York Times - @ddknyt, Sherif Mansour - Senior Program Officer, Freedom House, Jon Alterman - Center for Strategic and International Studies - @CSIS, Wayne White - Middle East Policy Council - @middleeastinst, David Hawkings - CQ Roll Call - @davidhawkings

Host:
Warren Olney

Producers:
Katie Cooper, Frances Anderton