'This Week' Transcript: Crisis in Egypt

DONALDSON: I agree we need to be on the right side from the standpoint of talking about democracy, urging peoples to move toward that, if they can. But my question to you would be, what should we do now? Should we demand publicly that President Mubarak leave? And if we do that, should we now demand that Abdullah leave Jordan? Should we now demand that the house of Saud fall in Saudi Arabia? Where does that end? But, basically, forgive me, for U.S. interests, where does that leave us?

TAPPER: And, yeah, as they say, be careful what you wish for when it comes to democracy, as we saw in Gaza, and this is something that the Egyptians have been impressing upon the U.S. As we saw in Gaza, there were elections there, and they elected Hamas.

Martha, this has been a very difficult time for this White House, you and I both know from covering it. Talk a little bit about -- and we only have a minute left in this segment -- talk a little bit about the sturm und drang and the angst they've had in that building?

RADDATZ: Well, you and I have been talking for several days about this and -- and watching the administration really all tied up about this. On Friday, making calls to administration officials, it was basically, we don't really know what to do. We don't know really where we're going with this. And you and I were also talking about these -- these statements they put out. Well, you have to do these three things. You have to-- you have to have a dialogue. You have to get away with emergency law, do away with emergency law.

Basically what they're saying is, just do what you did two weeks ago. They're not saying, let's take it forward very far. So it's been really tied up in knots, the administration.

TAPPER: We're going to take a quick break. And more on the crisis in Egypt and Christiane Amanpour from Cairo when "This Week" returns.


TAPPER: And a special edition of "This Week," "Crisis in Egypt" continues. We will continue with our roundtable.

As always, George Will, from Al Jazeera's D.C. bureau, Abed Foukara, ABC News' own Martha Raddatz and ABC News' own Sam Donaldson.

Abed, I want to start with you. I think a lot of Americans are probably looking at what's going on in Egypt and thinking, "Oh, my god. What is going to happen to that country? Should we be afraid of what happens next?"

FOUKARA: I mean, there's definitely reason to be afraid and to worry. This is a time of great peril in Egypt, no doubt about it. But I think if the Egyptian people, the Egyptian political formations, the Egyptian army, and the United States government somehow manage to get Egypt to safety through this, then the domino effect theory -- based on the history of the region -- does not necessarily have to hold.

What I'm trying to say is, if you get a -- a stable government in Egypt, that somehow somewhat changes the course of the country in ways that Egyptians have been clamoring for in these protests, other governments in the region do not necessarily have to topple, but they will have to readjust. And I think that that would be the best outcome that the region and the United States could hope for.

TAPPER: Well, that's the best-case scenario. George, what's the worst-case scenario?

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