We don't get Al-Jazeera in the U.S. so I have been watching it on line. Remember when George Bush clumsily brought democracy to Iraq and Al-Jazeera was considered the enemy because they dared to report the truth. As the drama in Egypt unfolds, they are the eyes and ears of the world and oppressive regimes in the Middle East are suddenly scared shitless because their citizens are saw what happened in Tunisia and are now seeing it in Egypt, a far bigger player in the region.
The response by the U.S. and particularly by Hillary Clinton has been tepid at best. They need to get ahead of this and quickly. As shown in this clip from NBC News the tear gas canisters being used in the streets of Egyptian cities all say "Made in the USA". Perceptions can change on little things like that.