Posted: 12 Nov 2007 Print Send a link
"Sure, wouldn't it be great if the Middle East was democratic? But was it wise, three years ago, when the Arab world was writhing in anger over the Iraq war, for Bush to declare that 'it is the policy of the United States to seek and support the growth of democratic movements and institutions in every nation and culture, with the ultimate goal of ending tyranny in our world.' In the Middle East, then, Bush was saying he would try to unseat the kings, presidents and potentates who had grit their teeth and stood by Washington, even as their people seethed with anti-American fury." Joel Brinkley, San Francisco Chronicle, 11 November 2007. "We can only hope that the next president has a better understanding of the public-diplomacy-policy link than did President Bush and his top advisers." Guy W. Farmer, Nevada Appeal, 11 November 2007.