Foreign policy, security apparatus, issues of 'national security' -all under the control of the military. No wonder the US was seen to be supportive of the MB -why wouldn't they be? The MB was a toothless government unlikely to disturb the status quo in relation to Israel. Economically liberal and relatively democratic, these Islamists are the sort the US can live with. But that was before the military coup......
The Muslim Brotherhood and the Illusion of Power (Op-Med) (Kindle Location 20). German Marshall Fund. .
[...] The MB’s choice of acting alone and of being substantially
compliant with the military instead of helping to build a
democratic front during the roller coaster-like ups and
downs of the transitional period has so far seriously
undermined the possibility of making the SCAF accountable to
Looking at the long history of the Brotherhood, one is led to
believe that the MB played the old strategy of searching for
a political compromise with the regime (this time repre-
sented by the SCAF) at the expense of a truly democratic
posture. Will this strategy pay off in the long run? Link
This article was published in 2012