Pro-military writer Gamal Ghitani said the U.S. is seen by many as trying to pressure the government to reverse a decision made by people who rejected the mixing of religion in politics when they took to the streets to demand Morsi’s ouster.
While publically demanding Morsi is returned to power, privately many of the pro-Morsi protesters say that the sit-ins are their last bargaining chip to press for the release of detained leaders and for guarantees that they will be included in politics.
Makram Mohammed Ahmed, a political analyst in Egypt, said releasing top Islamist prisoners would mean the collapse of the judicial system because many of those detained are now facing charges of inciting violence against protesters.
‘‘This will not be a state based on laws if these people are released,’’ he said. ‘‘The Egyptian people are not happy with the United States or the Obama Administration and do not see fairness in their actions.’’
Graham said the U.S. has learned from its mistakes when it supported for decades autocratic President Hosni Mubarak, who was deposed in a popular uprising in 2011.
‘‘We are no longer able to side with people who will be just beneficial to us,’’ he said. ‘‘The politics of convenience are behind us.’’
Associated Press Writer Deb Riechmann contributed to this story from Washington, D.C.