Some sentiment that seems to broadbrush Egypt and Iran following the Shah's fall has little to do with actual circumstances and prospects in Egypt. Given how broad and deep secularism is in Egypt, the kind of Iran-style theocracy is very unlikely anytime soon. Even the Muslim Brotherhood is resigned to reality, hence its express willingness to "participate" rather than to seek to govern. Egypt is not pre-Ayatollah Khomenei Iran where secularism was superficial coupled with a substantial religious "re-awakening." That Egypt has a majority Muslim population does not automatically mean that a theocratic-style state will emerge.
Finally, as far as Egypt's foreign relations are concerned, continuity is far more likely than not during the transition and probably beyond it. Egypt's focus will shift to building the political, legal, and institutional framework for more democratic governance.
I took no position on the entire Constitution. I do believe it needs substantial and fundamental reworking. My point was that the Constitution did grant the President robust emergency powers.
"This Administration will constantly strive to promote an ownership society in America. We want more people owning their own home. It is in our national interest that more people own their own home. After all, if you own your own home, you have a vital stake in the future of our country."" GWB