Brilliant! Let’s turn a bad situation into a full-blown nightmare.

CAIRO — US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will urge Egypt’s civilian and military leaders to work together tocomplete a full transition to democratic rule, senior US officials said on Saturday.

Clinton arrived in Cairo to meet Egypt’s newly-elected Islamist President Mohamed Mursi on Saturday and military chief Field Marshall Hussein Tantawi on Sunday, two of the central players in the power struggle playing out in the country.

“She is going to say, you have to stick with it. You have to keep going,” a senior US official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told reporters travelling with Clinton.

“It is crucial that all of the stakeholders who need and have a voice in Egypt’s transition engage in a dialogue to answer the complicated questions around parliament and the constitution.

“So she will encourage Tantawi, as she will encourage Mursi, and civil society, to engage in that dialogue and to avoid the kinds of confrontation that could potentially lead to the transition veering off track,” the official added.