You're all fucking right. The military is the conduit through which rulers are made. Everybody in question was, at one point or another, a member of the military. The military is the insulation that provides the premier the power to rule through police and intelligence units. By making the national military academy the only viable route through which Egyptians can reach the officer ranks, Nasser/Sadat/Mubarak consolidated and streamlined the process through which leaders are made. They successfully recruit/ed people from all throws of Egyptian society, solidifying their grip on the entire country at a time when Egypt as a whole was in chaos. By doing this they unintentionally empowered a sweeping range of people with various political backgrounds and religious piety. These differences have been muted because of the officers' desire to rise in rank. Now, with the crumbling of support for Mubarak and the officers' responsibility to restore calm, they've been thrust from their barracks outside Cairo into the heart of Tahrir, where their private differences with the regime have gradually come out in the form of impassioned speeches, peaceful policing of protest zones and various declarations. Basically, military officers have been silenced by their desire to gain rank but now they're on the street seeing people from their various hometowns and villages and they feel emboldened
The word 'coup' is being used as a reference to 1952 when Nasser overthrew King Farouk and issued Communique #1. There clearly isn't a classic coup right now. Mubarak just upped the military's pay 15%.
jesus...im listening to Suleiman right now. The words he is using scare the shit out of me. "National Security over anything else" ... lots of use of the Arabic term for 'they'... like he's singling people or groups out that he thinks are trying to meddle in the affairs of Egypt.
People will start disappearing shortly.