Daily Revolt

November 24, 2007

Pat Buchanan Wrong: Bush is not Pushing for Democracy

Mr.Buchanan is an astute political analyst, but on Bush's desire for Democracy, he is dead wrong (ironically, he calls his blog, "right from the beginning"). Bush, and his neocon friends, don't want democracy, they want domination of the Middle East. The current administration has behaved more like fascists than democrats:
We are for democracy first. For democracy is the best guarantee of our security interests. As Condi Rice famously said in 2005 at Cairo University:
“For 60 years, my country, the United States, pursued stability at the expense of democracy in this region here in the Middle East, and we achieved neither. Now, we are taking a different course. We are supporting the democratic aspirations of all people.”

[...]Nevertheless, democracy first became declared Bush policy.

Pat, what have you been smoking lately; maybe some of that pot being grown in abundance in Afghanistan, under American occupation:
Pursuing it, Bush and Rice demanded elections across the Middle East. What did they produce? Victories for the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, Hamas in Palestine, Hezbollah in Lebanon, Moqtada al Sadr in Iraq and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in Iran.

Why did free elections fail to advance U.S. interests?

You got it backwards. The Bush gang refused to recognize that the democratic results that led to the election of Hamas, and has branded the democratically elected Hezbollah as terrorists. As for Iran, there are freer elections there than in Saudi Arabia. You don't hear Bush talking about the evil Saudis, do you? And what about Pakistan, the Bushies put fighting "islamo-fasicsts" above democracy by backing the military dictator, Musharraf:
Now, however, the United States is demanding that Pakistan’s President Gen. Pervez Musharraf remove his uniform, end the state of emergency and hold free elections, which we anticipate will be won by the Pakistan Peoples Party of Benazir Bhutto or the Pakistan Muslim League of Nawaz Sharif. Bhutto and Sharif were both prime minister twice in the 1980s and 1990s, and both were charged with corruption and forced to flee after the 1999 coup of Musharraf.

Under Secretary of State John Negroponte delivered this tough message to Musharraf and was rebuffed, though the general agreed to step down as commander in chief by the end of the month and hold elections in January, in which he intends to run again for president.

"Demanding." "Tough." The opposite is the case. Not only has the administration not taken a tough line on Musharraf, but probably gave him a wink and nod to go ahead and declare martial law. As for Bhutto, the point is she was elected democratically and overthrown by a military coup.

Pat, you're mistaken interpretation of world events borders on delusional. The world is going up in flames not because Bush is fighting for democracy. It is because he is pursuing undemocratic goals. It is this neo-fascist agenda that has fueled fascism throughout the rest of the world, as well.

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