The Muslim Brotherhood is tightening its control over Egypt, and there doesn’t seem to be much anyone can do about it.
Dennis Ross seems to believe, though, that Obama could arrest the slide with some toughlove:
Egypt’s president and people should…know that we are prepared to mobilize the international community, and global financial institutions, to help Egypt — but that we will only do so if Egypt’s government is prepared to play by a set of rules grounded in reality and key principles. They must respect the rights of minorities and women; they must accept political pluralism and the space for open political competition; and they must respect their international obligations, including the terms of Egypt’s peace treaty with Israel.
I’m not sure what dream world Ross is living in. But I’m cynically amused by the notion that our threats might induce Egypt’s government to “respect the rights of minorities and women” and “accept political pluralism” as well as make nice to Israel. I’m also cynically amused by the idea that the Obama administration has any notion of making such demands of Egypt and/or following through on them.