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US role in Egypt: keep channels open with those in power

Commentary: What really matters is filling a desperate need for leadership in Cairo.
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Following a day of massive rallies against the ousted Egyptian President and an early morning shooting of pro Mohamed Morsi supporters outside a Presidential Guard barracks, members of the Egyptian military and their supporters guard a bridge near Tahrir Square on July 8, 2013 in Cairo, Egypt. (Spencer Platt/AFP/Getty Images)
Nothing like a good military take-over in one of the key Arab countries to bring out the best in the chattering classes. Analysts, and politicians, and columnists and their editorial boards, were on all sides of the issue: it was a coup, it wasn't a coup; the US interfered, the US didn't interfere enough.
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