The Islamist cause prospers in Egypt, not so much in Syria.
In Egypt Air Marshal Shafik, Mursi's principal opponent in the late election is placed on a "watch list" at the ports of departure from Ehypt. This is obviously a prelude to prosecution. A suitable charge will be found. Shafik nearly won. That can't happen again according to the Islamist playbook. "One man, one vote, one time" is their formula. The Islamist dominated parliament and constitution drafting committee will put religious freedom to a vote as well as provisions to allow the parliament and president to imprison minister who displease them. "Progress" is being made in Egypt and the US applauds it.
In Syria even the Washington Post admits that the Islamist rebels are losing. Wherever they try to hold ground, they lose. They shoud read something like "People's War, People's Army" by Giap. Nevertheless, Syrian government forces are still described in the Post as "pro-regime" forces In Turkey the MB related Erdogan pushes for an attack on the Syrian Air Force. What is left of the Turkish General Staff resists this.
All in all, this is a mixed "bag" for the neo-Wilsonians in the Obama Administration. What will he do to "up the ante" if he is re-elected? What will the neocon tool Romney do if he wins?
"Is a puzzlement." pl