My worst fear is that we’re going to end up again in some kind of direct or indirect military rule, and this time by the popular cheers and the popular demand of the masses - with the popular support. And that would be even worse that where we were at.
Rasha Abdulla, Associate Professor and former chair of the journalism and mass communication department at the American University in Cairo on today’s To the Point
Given the depths of our partnership with Egypt, our national security interest in this pivotal part of the world and our belief that engagement can support a transition back to a democratically elected civilian government, we’ve sustained our commitment to Egypt and its people. But while we want to sustain our relationship with Egypt, our traditional cooperation cannot continue as usual when civilians are being killed in the streets and rights are being rolled back.
The apparently miraculous end to the crippling energy shortages, and the re-emergence of the police, seems to show that the legions of personnel left in place after former President Hosni Mubarak was ousted in 2011 played a significant role — intentionally or not — in undermining the overall quality of life under the Islamist administration of Mr. Morsi.
From today’s New York Times:
"Sudden Improvements in Egypt Suggest a Campaign to Undermine Morsi"
Women speak of wild chaos and panic. Faces blur in the madness. Women drift under or with the crowd. Their minds and bodies bear witness to unimaginable cruelty.
The Daily Beast
”Raped in Tahrir: The Frightening Reality Women Face at Egypt Protests”
I don’t think that we would consider them an ally, but we don’t consider them an enemy. They are a new government that is trying to find its way.
President Obama responding yesterday to Telemundo host José Diaz-Balart’s question, ”Would you consider the current Egyptian regime an ally of the United States?” The full transcript is here.