Susan Rice: U.S. Not 'Impotent' in Muslim World

U.S. Ambassador to U.N. on anti-American protests and violence.
3:00 | 09/16/12

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Transcript for Susan Rice: U.S. Not 'Impotent' in Muslim World
Look at this -- map if you would there have been protests. Around the world over the last several days and President Obama pledged to repair America's relationships. With the Muslim world why does the US seem so incidents and why is the US even less power popular. Today in some of these Muslim and Arab countries than it was four years ago. Jacque we're not impotence. We're not even less popular two. Challenged that assessment. I don't know what on what basis you make that judgment but let me just seem like the US government as powerless as this as this mails from actually the opposite. First of all let's be clear about what transpired here. What happened this week. In Cairo. In in and Ghazi and and many other parts of the region and the cartoon was a result. A direct result of -- heinous an offensive video. That was widely disseminated that the US government had nothing to do with which we have made -- is reprehensible and disgusting. It is we have also been very clear in saying that there is no excuse. For violence there is -- that we have condemned -- in the strongest possible terms but let's look at what's happened is quite the opposite of being impotence. We have. In worked with the governments in Egypt's President Obama picked up the phone and talk to present more -- In Egypt and as soon as you did that the security. Provided to our person on our embassies. Dramatically increased. President -- -- days -- present residents say anything about president Morrissey has been out repeatedly. And said that he condemns this violence he's called off and his people have called off any further. Demonstrations and have made very clear. That this past to stop -- -- -- -- -- same frankly in Tunisia and Yemen. And of course in Libya where the government. Has has gone out of its way. To try to step up security -- expressed deepest remorse for what has happened we are quite popular. In Libya as you might expect having been -- a major partner in their revolution. What transpired outside of our consulate and Ben Ghazi was not an expression. Of deep seated anti Americanism on the part of the Libyan people quite the contrary the counter demonstrations the outpouring. Of sympathy and support. For ambassador Stevenson for the United States. The government of Libya is an end in the people on the street saying how -- they are by this is much more a reflection of the sentiment towards United States. Then a small a handful of of heavily armed mobsters.

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