By Mary C. Rydzeski
BRIAN'S QUOTE OF THE DAY
Brian on the overthrowing of Morsi: "Many people are saying, 'Well this is a military coup on the behalf of democracy, we can't support this.' People, sober up! You have to support this! Mohamed Morsi runs the Muslim Brotherhood, who, combined with al-Qaeda, Bin Laden, in order to blow up our people, kill westerners wherever they see fit, blow up trains, blow up buses and take down buildings. That's their philosophy."
New York Post Columnist and FOX News Contributor, MICHAEL GOODWIN, talked to Brian about his latest column, "Don't Cry for Democracy." Brian was relieved when he read Goodwin's column that he was not alone! "Look Brian, it's never a mistake to underestimate political analysis... The idea that somehow the Muslim Brotherhood is deserving of sympathy or that we have to stand for democracy no matter what that means, even if it's a flawed election [is untrue]," Goodwin exclaimed.
FREDRIK STANTON, Director and Producer of the award-winning documentary Uprising, talked to Brian about the Egyptian revolution. Stanton said that the way to win this situation is to help Egypt see its way through to a proper, full, liberal democracy. "The good news is, that's what a great deal of Egyptians themselves want; it's what the military is willing to support, and it's what the country seems to be groping towards," Stanton explained.
He also weighed in on Senator John McCain's comments from yesterday, calling the situation in Egypt a "military coup," which others including Brit Hume have agreed with. "I think the word coup is associated with baggage that I'm not sure applies here. In your traditional coup, military ceases power against the will of the people and retains it for itself. What we've seen happen here is something different," Stanton said.
ZANE TANKEL, Chairman and CEO of Apple-Metro, the New York Metropolitan Area franchisee of Applebee's Neighborhood Bar & Grill, weighed in on whether or not Obamacare on delay is a good thing for businesses like his. Tankel said he is unsure as to whether or not this is a good business move. "The reality is, it's just kicking the can down the road a little bit just like we did with everything else," Tankel exclaimed, "What this postponement does is I guess it saves some cash flow per say, but it doesn't avoid anything."
Live from the ground in Cairo, Egypt, CONOR POWELL, talked to Brian about the situation in Egypt. Powell explained that although most conceptualize the situation as a "pro-Morsi vs. anti-Morsi," each camp is extremely divided in its own way. "This is such a politically-divided country that the opposition [to Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood] is made up of the Salaphists, who are even more conservative and extreme than the Muslim Brotherhood; and the secular Christians; and also... various other groups here. These aren't groups that are going to combine together to win an election here in Egypt," Powell explained.
BRET BAIER, anchor of Special Report with Bret Baier, gave his take on the ongoing situation in Egypt. "It seems like this violence is going to continue until they get some kind of process set up - an interim government - on the way to another election," Baier explained. He went on to say that he finds the way that Obama has been handling this to be "interesting."
While breaking down the chaos in Egypt during his weekly segment, FOX News' Chief Washington correspondent, JAMES ROSEN, also dazzled Brian with his hilarious impression of Brit Hume. First, James and Brian discussed whether or not the situation in Egypt qualifies as a military coup.
Rosen says a coup is an ouster of a dually elected leader by means of force, and he thinks all those conditions are met in the case of Morsi. Rosen said the bottom line is that, "Egypt is in for a pro-long period of instability, not just because of the demography and number of unemployed young people, or the political dysfunction, but also because the economy itself is so bad... there is no real pillar of strength to propel that country forward except frankly at this time the military."
Rosen went on to talk with Brian about his dislike of the metric system and impressed Brian with his very dead-on impressions!