(CNN) - Egypt is a trend setter in the Arab world, but should the overthrow of its Government be of concern to Americans?
Egypt is the linchpin of the Middle East, the largest Arab country in the world; a cultural heavyweight with 83 million people. Islamic Fundamentalism, even Al Qaeda, have their roots in Egypt.
Egypt is America's closest ally in the Arab world. It gets 1 and a half billion dollars a year in U.S. taxpayer money, for military and civilian programs.
"If this were to be seen as a coup then it would limit our ability to have the kind of relationship we think we need with the Egyptian armed forces."
Egypt controls the Suez Canal, a crucial sea route for more than 4 percent of the world's oil supply, and 8 percent of seaborne trade. Egypt is one of only two Arab countries, along with Jordan, that made peace with Israel.
All of these things are tied together; the aid is tied to Egypt's peace treaty with Israel, so if our aid gets cut off what happens to the peace treaty with Israel. It's a hornet's nest and that's why the administration is trying not to stir it too much.
Until the military ousted Mohamed Morsy, Egypt also had a claim to fame, a democratically-elected President and his Muslim brotherhood party; a message to the Islamic world that democracy just might work.
Now there's a danger the military could violently repress the Muslim brotherhood and they in turn could resort to violence.