They just got a different tool to use than we do: They kill innocent lives to achieve objectives. That's what they do. And they're good. They get on the TV screens and they get people to ask questions about, well, you know, this, that or the other. I mean, they're able to kind of say to people: Don't come and bother us, because we will kill you. Bush - Joint News Conference with Blair - 28 July '06
Video - The SCAF Gravy Train
Between 15 to 40% of Egypt's economy is an 'untouchable and unaudited economic empire' controlled by the military - for the benefit of the military.
Given a choice between becoming a client state of the GCC, doing a deal with the IMF economic hit men, or reforming the economy and derailing the SCAF gravy train, the latter might be the best option. The other two options merely delay the inevitable. To reform the economy will require an alliance between Islamists and secularists, because obviously whilst Al-Sisi, like Mubarak before him, dearly loves the Egyptian 'people' (the term 'people' excludes all the haters) he will likely jail or kill those that demand the breakup of this business empire.