In terms of Senator McCain, good military skills/courage are not the same thing as strategic geopolitical thinking/risk assessment. Some military people have an abundance of both. Others don't. Senator McCain's support and then opposition of aid to Egypt is eerily reminiscent of his predebate panic in 2008 where he said he would postpone his debate participation, only to reverse himself afterward. That kind of zig-zagging is no better than the White House's hesitation. Both responses fail to provide the kind of firmness and certainty needed to help Egypt manage its crisis and they depreciate the nation's potential to shape an outcome consistent with its interests.