FILE - In this May 5, 2009, file photo released by the U.S. Department of Defense, Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Egyptian Minister of Defense Mohamed Hussein Tantawi stand during the playing of ... more 
FILE - In this May 5, 2009, file photo released by the U.S. Department of Defense, Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Egyptian Minister of Defense Mohamed Hussein Tantawi stand during the playing of the U.S. national anthem at the Ministry of Defense in Cairo before reviewing troops. American telephone diplomacy with a small cadre of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's closest advisers is key to a U.S. hoped-for transition to democracy in Egypt, where a smothered political opposition leaves no clear alternative to the U.S. for a bargaining partner. Gates chatted with his Tantawi, his 85-year-old counterpart, this week. less 
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