I took two trips to Saudi Arabia last year, and one of the things that struck me about both trips was that no matter which "senior" figures and haut fonctionnaires I spoke with, it was clear that the real power was centralized to a high degree in just a few people. What those people -- the king and his advisers -- were thinking about Iran, Israel, and the future of the U.S. dollar? Anyone's guess. And I get the same feeling about Egypt. No one I speak with feels they have a firm handle on the thinking of the high council leading the military -- and thus leading Egypt. When I left, in fact, journalists were still looking through pictures published in the Egyptian newspapers trying to find out who, exactly, was even on the council.
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