Except for those of you actually living in Egypt, and having personal dealings with goverment agencies and the military, and knowing many many Egyptions who have small businesses or executive positions in industry or education, where they interact with the government, I don't see how you can come to any kind of real appreciation, regarding what is going on in Egypt. Without such actual interaction, I think most of the opinions expressed here are pretty much just guessing and wishful thinking. Personally, there is very little in the US that I can really put my finger on, re how it works, except the few areas where I have had substantial dealings, such as having had a home mortgage underwritten by the fed government, and having financed a small business with gov help, and having dealt with state government in regard to collecting and paying sales tax. By forming personal relations with gov workers, and discussing things a bit beyond that which was absolutely necessary, I got an idea of the difference between what they say, and what they do. How close together or far apart they are.
Let's not forget that government, the idea of a government body, is the result of people sharing a mutual illusion. All there really are is lots of people. There are sometimes numbers of individuals who think and act as if there are government bodies, thus contributing to the illusion. Any of them could cease, at any time. The idea that "the military" is in control, in Egypt, is an illusion. The real control rests, short term, in the hand of a few people who the rest of the military chooses to believe, is their military leader. It is a faith-based belief-system. Should hordes of military grunts stop having faith in leader's decisions, they can remove his power. I might conjecture that the grunts have the real power - except for the fact that since they don't believe it, they therefore don't.