Reports that the Obama Administration may be secretly backing the protests in Egypt is troubling on several levels. First, there is the obvious fact that no one can ultimately direct and control social protests. Once they begin, they can quickly spin out of control. Hopes that you can control who comes out on top in such circumstances is incredibly naive. History teaches it is always the best organized (and not necessarily the largest) faction that comes out on top. In the case of Egypt that appears to be the radical Muslim Brotherhood. I hope I’m wrong, but there seems to be little evidence to the contrary.