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Feb 6, 2011 11:16 AM

Cheney urges White House to move cautiously on Egypt

Former Vice President Dick Cheney is now weighing in on the turmoil in Egypt. On Saturday night he spoke to a group in Santa Barbara, California, marking the 100th anniversary of Ronald Reagan's birth.

Cheney encouraged the current White House to move cautiously in terms of the crisis in Egypt and to maintain lines of communication with the government there.

He said the will of the people should prevail, but he was quick to defend president Hosni Mubarak.

"He's been a good man," Cheney said. "He's been a good friend and ally to the United States, and we need to remember that."

Cheney recalled how helpful Mubarak was during the 1991 gulf war, even committing troops to fight alongside US forces.

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