......except that he wasn't.
Here is another apologist for Bush, seven years after a not meant to be remembered speech, justifying the Bush view on Middle East foreign policy.
Though Bush led a criminal invasion into Iraq and replaced one corrupt dictatorship with a wobbly and corrupt regime held together only by a massive continued American military prescence, he seemed to think that Democracy was just waiting to sprout forth within the subjugated Islamic populations of other middle east countries. Why? Who knows? We know it was really just a cover for an oil grab and contracts for Halliburton et al.
Besides, who cares how these countries wish to govern themselves? Historically speaking, our record in the Arab world is not a proud one. Witness our misguided alliance with the Shah of Iran, early dalliances with Saddam Hussein of Iraq, close ties to the dictators of Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Yemen and others. Democracy hasn't really been a top priority in our Middle East policy.
What's more, what happens when these folks get a whiff of democracy? Well, Hamas was democratically elected. Turkey is sliding towards an Islamic but elected government. Looks like we once again are not seeing the forest for the trees. It doesn't matter what the results of nominal democracy are, when the choices made are so very bad.
Kind of like what's been happening in the U.S.A., isn't it?