By Jim Ribble, CNN
(CNN) - Imagine if a U.S. president decided to fire all Joint Chiefs of Staff at once and replace them with generals more to his liking . That's the equivalent of what happened in Egypt this weekend.
CNN's Ian Lee reports that:
[:13] "For the first time in the country's history a civilian elected leader has more power than the military...the question is now: will the military accept this, and what will he do with all that power?"
Michele Dunne at the Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East cautions that this power play might not end well:
[:54] "The immediate concern would be if the senior members of the staff of the military body that has been ruling Egypt refuse to accept this. There could be a military coup. We could see violence between supporters of the military and supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood....."
Egypt analysts are trying to pin down whether Morsi's political muscle-flexing was part of a pre-arranged deal with the military ....or whether the generals were as surprised as just about everyone else.