Conflict & Justice

Washington's Tepid Response to Drama in Egypt


Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Egypt's President Mohammad Morsi meeting in Cairo last month. (Photo: REUTERS/Egyptian Presidency/Handout)

Washington's response to the drama in Egypt has not been very loud.

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The State Department says the administration is urging a genuine dialogue, and an end to violence.

But some say the US could be doing a lot more.

"Silence, or a tepid response, is interpreted in many ways," says Michael Hanna, a fellow at the New York think-tank, The Century Foundation. "And it is primarily seen (by Egyptians) as acquiescence."

"It's important to remember that these crises are always going to be solved by Egyptians," says Hanna, "but that's not to say the United States and the international community are unimportant."