Here is Secretary of State Clinton, trying to give a nuanced, careful explanation of United States support for a process of dialogue and self-determination for the Egyptian people. Candy Crowley, however, like many in the media, wants to get the Secretary to take sides. Are we for Mubarak, or for the people in the street? Can Mubarak survive even if gives in to some of the protesters' demands? Surely the administration is right to resist media and other attempts to over-simplify a problem and support one side or the other in another country's internal struggles. Instead, the United States needs to support a process that will lead Egypt to a system that better recognizes the rights and aspirations of the Egyptian people. That means the United States does not support a particular faction or leader, but instead supports human rights, including the right to peaceful protest, and the right to make change through elections, and also the rights to religious freedom and to due process of law. You'd better believe that means that Egypt needs to make some changes to protect those rights, but it should not matter to the United States whether the existing government is able to make those changes, or whether that government needs to be replaced. It should only matter whether this protest movement is able to achieve a more just society.
So Candy and others in the media, stop asking divisive questions. It's entirely fair to ask what our understanding is of what is going on, and what the United States is doing to assist with this situation. It's not helpful to turn a volatile situation in Egypt into a sporting event in which Americans need to decide which side to root for. That can only polarize debate in this country, as well as create new problems in Egypt for any particular faction that the United States might decide to support.