“The dissolution of Egypt’s parliament yesterday, by a ruling of its Supreme Constitutional Court, was neither an arbitrary event nor a surprising one. Instead, it was the product of fault lines that had been shifting ever since demonstrators took to Tahrir Square, writes Eric Trager of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. (New York Daily News)

“On the eve of two key rulings by the country’s highest court — and just three days before the second round of presidential elections — the military reimposed martial law. The next day, the Mubarak-friendly court decided that a man the former dictator considered his “third son” could run for president and also ruled that the Islamist-led parliament must immediately be dissolved. Many are calling it a bloodless coup,” writes Woodrow Wilson Center’s Jane Harman. (Politico)

“Afghanistan’s future matters much more to Pakistan than to the United States. This elemental truth is forgotten in U.S. deliberations about how best to leverage Pakistan to achieve a political settlement in Afghanistan. Pakistani military and intelligence services have demonstrated that they are willing to risk ties with Washington to achieve a friendly government on their western border — a government that most Afghans and Washington would oppose. This is the central roadblock to U.S.-Pakistani relations and to a stable Afghanistan,” writes Stimson’s Michael Krepon. (Washington Post)

AEI’s Jonah Goldberg on rhetorical tricks: “Democrats and the journalists who love them play a similar game with Republicans and conservatives. ‘Oh, I have lots of respect for conservatives,’ goes the typical line, ‘but the conservatives we’re being served today are just so different. Why can’t we have Republicans and conservatives like we used to?’” (National Review)

Cato’s Andrew Coulson: State Rep. balks at voucher funding for Muslim schools. (Cato)

Cato’s Michael Cannon and Goldwater’s Diane Cohen: IPAB, Obamacare’s Super-Legislature (National Review)

Room for Debate asks: Why do we still think of parenting as mothering? (New York Times)