The situation in Egypt is about to implode. A perfect storm is gathering in the horizon, set to start on the 30th of June, to throw the country into real and total chaos. Furthermore, it could be already late to do something about it. Yet, and because of the high stakes involved, trying to contain this extremely serious crisis should not be spared until the last possible moment.
In the following paragraphs I will explain two points. The first is the mistakes which littered the US administration handling of the continuous slide to the 30th of June. The second is what could be done in the remaining hours before such a storm hits Egypt and the Middle East, and some of the consequences if it does.
If we just examine the diplomatic moves of Ambassador Ann Paterson in Cairo in the countdown to June 30th, hopefully the errors that shaped the US approach from early on will be clearer.