July 1, 2014

U.S. Power and Arab Democracy

J.J. Gould, The Atlantic

The Associated Press

If you were to imagine trying to array the different justifications for the U.S. war in Iraq along a spectrum of idealism to realism, there would be two at the far-idealistic end, whose credibility ended up more damaged than any others' by the war and America's broader involvement in the Middle East post-9/11: humanitarian intervention and the advancement of democracy.

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TAGGED: Arabs, Democracy, Arab Spring


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