I understand the desire to keep things somewhat orderly in Egypt and to plan meticulously and collaboratively for free and fair September elections. Chaos doesn’t benefit anyone. But I’m not sure this is a horse we can ride. I am also a little doubtful that the momentum for reform can be continued without Mubarak’s departure from office. It looks like an effort by the elites to keep their positions while changing little beyond the face of their leadership. If this strategy works, it will have many advantages, but there is a very good chance that it won’t work. And, if it does, it could create a very sub-optimal result because caution won the day. I don’t mind prudence and caution when they are merited. I am not convinced they are merited in this particular crisis.

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