CNN: Former Obama administration envoy to Egypt says country now has ‘second chance’.

From an interview on Christine Amanpour’s show:

‘Will Egypt get a second chance at democracy? That’s what the world is asking, a week after Egypt’s military forced President Mohamed Morsy from office, after a year of what the opposition called tyrannical governance . . .

. . . Speaking with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour, Frank Wisner, the former U.S. envoy to Egypt, said that Egypt should seize the opportunity. “[It’s] a second chance,” he said. “One worth achieving, and there’s a chance Egypt can do it”‘.

As the coup regime continues to shoot down protesters in the street, Frank Wisner, former U.S. envoy, is basically saying that the military overthrow of the elected government is a ‘second chance’ for Egypt to build a democratic system of government.

Compare those comments to the ones he made in February 2011 when, after visiting Egypt as Obama’s personal envoy, and at the height of the anti-Mubarak protests (in which 800 or so people had been killed), he said this of Mubarak:

‘The president must stay in office to steer those changes. I believe that President Mubarak’s continued leadership is critical – it’s his chance to write his own legacy. He has given 60 years of his life to the service of his country, this is an ideal moment for him to show the way forward’.

So this is the guy CNN/Christine Amanpour apparently think is qualified to comment on what is or isn’t good for Egyptian democracy: someone who was publicly supportive of the Mubarak dictatorship, and had called for him to stay in power.

Predictably, CNN don’t mention any of this.

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