Mario, to add a point to your already troubling post, it’s important to recall that El Baradei broke with the Muslim Brotherhood and stood instead with the allegedly liberal democratic forces who favored a “no” vote in Egypt’s recent constitutional referendum. In other words, El Baradei represents the supposedly “secular democratic good guys” of the Egyptian revolution (although he’s worked with the Muslim Brotherhood in the past and no doubt could work with them again in the future). That means we’re now faced with a choice between the Muslim Brotherhood on the one hand, and El Baradei’s outrageous new threat on the other. As you point out, the Egyptian army might be able to keep a lid on these disturbing new developments. But isn’t that what our bad old Middle East policy was all about?