More and more of these commentaries coming out about the Egyptian military are out of context leaving readers misinformed; P. Buchanan is no exception.
To understand clearly what’s going on read the following short post:
It reminds of the situation in Iran during the 1978-79 period when the US advised the Shah not to use Savak to put down the Iranian revolution. Carter essentially eased the Shah out of Iran. We, the Iranian people, and the world would be far better off if the Shah had remained in power. Khomeini hijacked the Iranian Revolution and turned Iran into the world's biggest state sponsor of terrorism, which we are still dealing with and Iran is now on the verge of being a nuclear power.
The US made a mistake in Iran and now it is making a similar mistake in Egypt. The military understands its countrymen far better than we do. Any concession is deemed a weakness. As Buchanan points out, the military knows that if they don't subdue or destroy the political influence of the MB, they will be destroyed by them. This is a life and death struggle. There is no middle ground. There has to be a winner and a loser.
I recall vividly what Khomeini did to the opposition when he got in power. Every day there were pictures in the newspapers showing the corpses wrapped in plastic of former government officials and senior military officers who were sentenced to death and killed by the new regime.
The Egyptian military is still the most respected and least corrupt of the government institutions. We should let them work things out and withhold judgment while this struggle continues. No doubt, we are putting pressure on them to hold new elections as soon as possible and include the MB in the transition government. It would be a disaster because it would only be seen as a sign of weakness by the MB and their supporters. There was a reason why the MB was not able to engage in politics under Mubarak. The MB version of democracy is one man, one vote, one time.