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Tuesday, March 08, 2005

As Democracy Spreads...

Mideast Strides Lift Bush, But Challenges Remain

By Peter Baker
Washington Post

A powerful confluence of events in the Middle East in recent weeks has infused President Bush's drive to spread democracy with a burst of momentum, according to supporters and critics alike, and the president now faces the challenge of figuring out how to capitalize on it in a region long resistant to change.

Successful elections in Iraq and the Palestinian territories in January have been followed by tentative changes in Egypt, Qatar and Saudi Arabia and a popular street uprising in Lebanon that toppled an unpopular government. With the encouragement of the American president, reformers across the region are applying escalating pressure on regimes to loosen their grip over autocratic societies.

The rapid pace of developments has surprised even Bush advisers and silenced or even converted some skeptics in Washington less than two months after the president opened his second term with an inaugural address setting the goal of "ending tyranny in our world." As he prepares to give another major speech today to mark the progress, Bush has been in a buoyant mood, aides said, seeing the recent moves as vindicating his expansive vision. "He feels validation," said one aide.

The article goes on to quote such libs as Sandy Berger, Nancy Soderberg, and even Jon Stewart as giving Bush credit for a lot of the changes that are happing in the middle east. The world is changing in that part of the region, without a doubt, and Bush is to thank for a lot of it. We'll never know how things would've turned out if Kerry had been elected, but we should all be thankful that he wasn't.


 
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Tuesday, March 08, 2005

As Democracy Spreads...

Mideast Strides Lift Bush, But Challenges Remain

By Peter Baker
Washington Post

A powerful confluence of events in the Middle East in recent weeks has infused President Bush's drive to spread democracy with a burst of momentum, according to supporters and critics alike, and the president now faces the challenge of figuring out how to capitalize on it in a region long resistant to change.

Successful elections in Iraq and the Palestinian territories in January have been followed by tentative changes in Egypt, Qatar and Saudi Arabia and a popular street uprising in Lebanon that toppled an unpopular government. With the encouragement of the American president, reformers across the region are applying escalating pressure on regimes to loosen their grip over autocratic societies.

The rapid pace of developments has surprised even Bush advisers and silenced or even converted some skeptics in Washington less than two months after the president opened his second term with an inaugural address setting the goal of "ending tyranny in our world." As he prepares to give another major speech today to mark the progress, Bush has been in a buoyant mood, aides said, seeing the recent moves as vindicating his expansive vision. "He feels validation," said one aide.

The article goes on to quote such libs as Sandy Berger, Nancy Soderberg, and even Jon Stewart as giving Bush credit for a lot of the changes that are happing in the middle east. The world is changing in that part of the region, without a doubt, and Bush is to thank for a lot of it. We'll never know how things would've turned out if Kerry had been elected, but we should all be thankful that he wasn't.