The current American obsession with Syria, a country one-quarter the size of Egypt, might cause some to think that all is well in Egypt. No doubt, the Syrian civil war is a mess and the use of chemical weapons is a concern. As we focus on Syria we forget that Egypt is currently ruled by an illegitimate military regime as the result of a bloodless military coup that ousted the first democratically elected president of Egypt and then threw him in prison. The illegitimate regime has also imprisoned thousands of Islamists, killed peaceful protesters (children among them), and closed opposition news outlets. Nonetheless we continue to deny that a coup occurred, give the illegitimate government billions in financial aid while our debt climbs, and continue to count Egypt as our ally.
Magical thinking is required to believe that the United States has a coherent foreign policy in the Middle East.