November 25, 2009
Voices of Democracy in the Middle East
American Enterprise Institute, American Enterprise Institute
On January 21, 2005, George W. Bush looked out over the crowds gathered in front of the U.S. Capitol for his second inaugural and declared, "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."
He was lambasted from all sides. Senator Bill Nelson of Florida, a moderate Democrat, told CNN that the focus on democracy was not "practical." Patrick J. Buchanan said it was "a recipe for endless war." At a conference I attended in Rome just days later, a senior U.S. embassy official told a largely European audience during a question-and-answer period that his boss's speech was...
TAGGED: George W. Bush, Barack Obama, Richard Armitage, Brent Scowcroft, Patrick J. Buchanan, Bill Nelson, Middle East, United States, Person Communication and Meetings, CNN, Florida