The interim Egyptian President has immediately declared good news, the Egyptians will have a new Constitution and new elections.
What can the West offer?
Well, if we had a functioning Pentagon/Defense Dept. that didn’t act like an adult jobs program we’d be sending over civilians. Let me explain.
What did The United States do after it defeated Japan & Germany?
It mounted successful Imperial like authorities to midwife budding civil society. This remains the only lasting cultural bulwark that can effectively deny Salafists any hold on Egypt. Yes, I know we tried that in Iraq, and it demonstrated ineptitude which only Govmint can embody. Yet still, the emergence of governing political, cultural alternatives to dysfunctional bureaucracies like Defense/State/Pentagon are emerging.
What’s required is Executive Leadership, a strong, independent Presidential Cabinet and Congressional accord in line with these emerging directives.
America will have to live with a dysfunctional Pakistan, but the planets most populous Arab nation state wants western norms. We should provide the institutional leadership, strengthening the final bulwark against militancy.