A pop­u­lar upris­ing in Egypt, sup­ported by the Egypt­ian mil­i­tary, has ousted Pres­i­dent Mohammed Morsi, demo­c­ra­t­i­cally elected last year after the oust­ing of long-​​time ruler Hosni Mubarak. This is seen as a repu­di­a­tion by the Egypt­ian peo­ple of rule by the Islamic Broth­er­hood. This puts the United States in an odd posi­tion — hav­ing attempted to main­tain good rela­tions with Morsi’s gov­ern­ment, there are fac­tions in the Mid­dle East that now see Amer­ica as sid­ing with rad­i­cal Islamic move­ments which are, as a rule, anti-​​American.