NOW Today: ‘Neither an ally nor an enemy’


There is new fallout from Wednesday’s embassy attacks as unrest spreads to a new corner of the Mideast.

In Egypt tensions remain high as security forces confront hundreds of demonstrators for a second day outside the U.S. embassy in Cairo. Meanwhile, protesters in Yemen have reportedly stormed the security blockade surrounding the U.S. embassy in Sana’a, but unlike in Egypt, protesters have not breached the embassy walls.

The U.S. military has deployed two warships equipped with Tomahawk Cruise Missiles to the Libyan coast and positioned troop reinforcements inside the country. President Obama has spoken to the Presidents of both Libya and Egypt about the U.S. response to the crisis. The President also spoke to Telemundo anchor Jose Diaz-Balart last night, telling him that the U.S. does not consider Egypt an ally or an enemy. “They are a new government that is trying to find its way,” President Obama said. Asked about his response to Governor Mitt Romney’s harsh criticism of the administration’s response, the President said, “I have observed that there’s a tendency to shoot before you aim. As President, my obligation is to focus on security for our people.”

We’ll follow all the latest developments and look at what’s at stake for the U.S., its standing in the Middle East and the Presidential race when we see you today at noon ET on NOW.


Eric Bates, Executive Editor, Rolling Stone

Jonathan Chait, New York Magazine (@jonathanchait)

Joy-Ann Reid, Managing Editor, Contributor (@thereidreport)

Richard Wolffe, msnbc Political Analyst (@richardwolffedc) 


Ben Jealous, President, NAACP (@benjealous)

Michael Waldman, Executive Director, Brennan Center for Justice

Tony Danza, Author, “I’d Like to Apologize to Every Teacher I Ever Had: My Year as a Rookie Teacher at Northeast High” (@tonydanza)



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NOW Today: 'Neither an ally nor an enemy'