George Friedman of Stratfor concludes a fairly grim but realistic Monday morning assessment of where things stand in Egypt thusly:
“An 82-year-old man has been thrown out of office, and his son will not be president. The constitution and parliament are gone and a military junta is in charge. The rest is speculation.”
The rest of the piece is a major buzzkill. The military – which is the real, permanent regime in Egypt – was looking for an opportunity to get rid of Mubarak over resentment that he wanted his non-military son, Gamal, to succeed him. The brave, resolute, inspiring kids in the square, according to Friedman, mostly created the opportunity for the regime to remove its figurehead and begin the process of searching for a new president.