CAIRO — Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi expanded his authority Thursday in a startling power grab that weakens the courts and frees him from judicial oversight amid deepening political intrigue in the Arab world's most populous nation.
....Thursday's move effectively makes Morsi, who already holds executive and legislative powers, the ultimate force in a country that has no Parliament and has yet to draft a new constitution.
Or, perhaps it should redound to the credit of Sec'y of State Clinton, who will be retiring soon to begin to plot her path to the Presidency in 2016. At any rate, we've swapped a strongman well disposed to the United States, and willing to live peacefully next door to our ally Israel, for;
Many Egyptians say Morsi and the [Muslim] Brotherhood are out to monopolize the country just as Mubarak and his ruling National Democratic Party did. The difference is that Morsi is advancing an Islamist agenda in a bid to reshape Egypt and lift it to a leading voice in a changing Arab world.
The military, for decades the country's most revered institution, has not intervened since Morsi's purge in August. But the wider feeling, especially among activists, is that the promise of last year's uprising has left Egypt not with a model democracy but with another strongman.Four more years!