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Promoting Democracy and Fighting Terror
January 8, 2003 11:19 AM   Subscribe

Promoting Democracy and Fighting Terror. "During the war on terrorism, George W. Bush has shown a split personality on the promotion of democracy abroad. Bush the realist seeks warm ties with dictators who may help in the fight against al Qaeda, while Bush the neo-Reaganite proclaims that democracy is the only true solution to terror. How the administration resolves this tension will define the future of U.S. foreign policy."
posted by homunculus (5 comments total)

"How the administration resolves this tension will define the future of U.S. foreign policy."

I think not. Bush's foreign policy is pure improv. I seriously doubt future leaders will follow his "War on Evil"/"Moral Highground" model.

GWB - "Everything I know about foreign policy I learned in Sunday School."
posted by y6y6y6 at 11:45 AM on January 8, 2003

"With no draft and a completely dominant military, most Americans have come to view war as something akin to the dark twin of the Olympics: an international test of strength accompanied by big opening-night fireworks over the host city."

- As quoted in Mother Jones, Robert Sheer of the LA Times commenting on American's lack of interest in general in the impending war on Iraq.
posted by specialk420 at 12:41 PM on January 8, 2003

I'd like for the Bush administration to define our current foreign policy, never mind the future.
posted by RylandDotNet at 1:22 PM on January 8, 2003

THE issue for democrats in 2004? this poll suggests maybe ... like father, like son.
posted by specialk420 at 1:49 PM on January 8, 2003

A leading political prisoner's release made headlines this week, but China's beleaguered dissidents still don't get a serious hearing in Washington or other centers of power. Their message is too important to ignore.
posted by homunculus at 5:50 PM on January 9, 2003

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