I’ve despaired over Egypt, but here Issandr El Amrani finds reason for optimism. It now seems at least plausible that the Obama administration will be able to tout Egypt as a foreign policy success.
The US’ real favored outcome has been clear for a while: a strong, rooted civilian party restoring stability (and decent economic governance) in the Brothers and clear red lines on issues such as foreign policy (especially towards Israel) and unfettered bilateral military-to-military relations (overflight rights, fast-track Suez Canal access, etc.). In other words, some sort of understanding between the Brothers and the generals. In a sense, Egypt could use a breather away from the revolutionary fervor and responsible people getting the house in order.
I bet a lot of Egyptians are ready for a breather from intense and polarized political confrontations right now.