The Egyptian president has ordered the powerful head of the army and defence minister, Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi, and several senior generals into retirement and canceled constitutional amendments issued by the military restricting presidential powers.
Mohamed Morsi announced through a spokesman on Sunday the dismissal of Tantawi and his appointment as a presidential adviser.
According to state television, Abdul-Fatah al-Sessi would replace Tantawi as defence minister and the general commander of the army.
Not that the Army leadership wasn’t a corrupt bunch of buggers, but they at least served as a bulward against the Islamist faction that will now try to propel Egypt along the same lines as Iran.
I want to snark the Obama administration along the lines of “how’s that smart diplomacy working for you?” but honestly don’t know what good options any US administration would have.