August 13th, 2012
05:50 PM ET

What Egypt's military power shift could mean for the United States

By Josh Levs

Egyptian President Mohamed Morsy's surprising move to amass substantially more power has triggered demonstrations on both sides and accusations that he is effectively anointing himself with "imperial" authority.

Morsy shook up the country's powerful military leadership Sunday when he removed its leader, Field Marshal Mohammed Hussein Tantawi, and chief of staff Lt. Gen. Sami Anan. Both were then named as advisers to Morsy, the country's first freely elected president. The commanders of Egypt's navy, air force and air defense force were sent into retirement as well, promoting others within the military to take those posts, said Morsy spokesman Yasser Ali.

The Egyptian military represents a critical relationship for the U.S. and, as Barbara Starr reports, the upheaval is of concern at the Pentagon.


Filed under: Egypt • Middle East • Security Brief
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    All you brainwashed muslims should read this and watch the video in the middle of this page..

    August 14, 2012 at 10:29 pm | Reply
    • ed gein

      All you brain-washed neocons should be the first in combat.

      August 15, 2012 at 11:22 am | Reply
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    August 14, 2012 at 4:13 am | Reply
    • crf59

      And it's our "zionist" foreign policy that allows you to post drivel like you have without repercussions. Try posting anti-nationalist garbage on webpages in the Mid East and see what happens. We make mistakes all the time and we know it. The difference is, by and large, we try and do the right things. Not cower behind anti-American slogans when the real problem is the apathetic rants of people not fighting out against oppression in the form of religious fundamentalism. Mass murder of thousands is OK by fundamentalists, but being aggressive in business and being the world leader makes us infidels. Success breeds contempt and I'm afraid it's too many sour grapes from some places around the globe to be anything else.

      August 14, 2012 at 2:06 pm | Reply
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      August 14, 2012 at 8:33 pm | Reply
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    I think the move by Morsi is more in the smarter side of Egyptian politics. It might not have made the old military powers happy but I think the move is welcome to the younger officers all the way down. Systems of promotion and succession are usually hushed issues in many military organizations.

    August 14, 2012 at 4:05 am | Reply
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  12. ¨P. Anonymot

    If this is supposed to be a news article, it's not. We have no knowledge of what's going on, never did, and until we get a State Dept with some new people we won't. Our so-called diplomats just stand around applauding anything that happens and yelling Democracy through bullhorns that are only plugged into their own earphones. It's really rather pitiful.

    August 13, 2012 at 11:41 pm | Reply
  13. Marine5484

    Let's just hope that this Mohammed Morsi doesn't start taking orders from Washington D.C. but I'm afraid that he'll will the way Hosni Mubarak did. It appears that those clowns in Washington want to be dominant evrywhere these days!

    August 13, 2012 at 7:43 pm | Reply
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        Of which "media" do you speak? Certainly not the MSM?

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