The US is working (not-so-much) behind the scenes to slow the now inevitable transition of power in Egypt. A truly progressive and historically informed policy would do just the opposite. You know how Afghanistan is a mess right now? That's in part because we got involved in their fight with the Russians. Sub-Saharan Africa? Yeah, the West kind of crapped all over them. If we truly support democracy, we need to let democratic movements succeed.
So, why is the administration of "change" falling into the same old traps? Well, institutions are bureauctratizing; institutions are (in)famous for subverting charisma into position, and if we believe Weber, it's inevitable. Sorry for being a downer.