It's been a Basil Fawltyesque week at the State Department in Washington. Rather than Fawlty's "don't mention the war" episode, on this occasion the forbidden words were "military coup". The dictionaries and the lexicons have been out, and the midnight oil burned as Washington mandarins have strained to explain away and quantify last week's extraordinary events in Egypt.
There are two compelling reasons why the Egyptian crisis must be scaring Washington to death. First, Egypt...
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