In any case, I am of the opinion that nearly $3 billion in annual aid helps our position far more than any shared experiences at West Point.
There is a history of respect for the military in Egypt, and as long as they are not mowing down protestors, that respect will endure.
Demonstrators are not happy with what they heard tonight and appear to be ready to clash with police and "pro-Mubarak" forces.
What is clear ... is my belief that an orderly transition must be meaningful, it must be peaceful, and the change must begin now."
Undoubtedly there are provocateurs as well as just plain hot heads at work
Mowing down protestors has never caused the US to stop support for proxy militaries or proxy terrorists.
but unless they are far more incompetent that even I believe them to be, the Administration is not just sitting on its collective ass; wringing its collective hands and hoping this all works out OK.
In the last few days, the passion and dignity demonstrated by the people of Egypt has been an inspiration to people around the world, including here in the US, and to all those who believe in the inevitability of human freedom.
To the people of Egypt, particularly the young people of Egypt, I want to be clear: we hear your voices. I have an unyielding belief that you will determine your own destiny and seize the promise of a better future for your children and your grandchildren.
And I say that, as someone committed to a partnership between the United States and the people of Egypt, there will be difficult days ahead. Many questions about Egypt remain unanswered. But I am confident that the people of Egypt will find those answers. That truth can be seen in the sense of community in the streets ... can be seen in the Egyptians who linked arms to protect the national museum, a new generation to protect the treasure of antiquity, a human chain connecting a great and ancient civilisation to the promise of a new day.