Leaving out the spin because I don't want CBS telling me how to think about this situation.
Egypt's army chief warned on Sunday that the military is ready to intervene to stop the nation from entering a "dark tunnel" of internal conflict.
Gen. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi spoke a week ahead of mass protests planned by opponents of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi. There are fears the demonstrations calling for Morsi's ouster will descend into violence after some of the president's hard-line supporters vowed to "smash" them. Others declared protesters were infidels who deserve to be killed.
El-Sissi's comments were, his first in public on the planned June 30 protests, made to officers during a seminar.
El-Sissi also appeared to lower the threshold for what warrants intervention by the military. Earlier he cited collapse or near collapse of the state.
He said that while the military has recently stayed out the political fray and focused instead on its combat capabilities, its patriotic and moral responsibility toward Egyptians obliges it to intervene and stop Egypt from "slipping into a dark tunnel of conflict, internal fighting." He said sectarian violence and the collapse of state institutions would also justify intervention.
He urged all parties to use the week left before the June 30 protests to reach a "genuine" understanding to defuse the crisis. "We have a week during which a great deal can be achieved. This is a call that is only motivated by love of the nation, its presence and future."
"Those who think that we (the military) are oblivious to the dangers that threaten the Egyptian state are mistaken. We will not remain silent while the country slips into a conflict that will be hard to control," he said.
Problems with this?
CBS wants us to believe this is displeasure with Morsi. But, is it?
Could it really be support of Morsi?
“We will not remain silent while the country slips into a conflict that will be hard to control"
At a time when non Islamist Egyptians are going to stage protests?
The military implies they could step in to keep the peace?
This sounds quite supportive of Mr MB Morsi
Thinking back to when Mubarek stepped down to the big show in Egypt...
The military stood down while the protests roiled. Why, at this time, would the military threaten to step in?
If Egypt gets itself too off kilter how would this play into the whole middle east being in an uproar
And how will Israel react to instability in Egypt?