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Pillar writes: "As Iraq becomes a hotbed for al-Qaeda terrorism, President George W. Bush's legacy grows even dimmer. But one could argue that he did succeed in stirring democratic impulses in the region, albeit mostly of an anti-American variety."

Former president George W. Bush. (photo: Getty Images)
Former president George W. Bush. (photo: Getty Images)


Bush's Anti-American Legacy

By Paul Pillar, Consortium News

05 January 14

 

he multifaceted push by the George W. Bush administration to inject more "democracy" into the Middle East - a set of policies sometimes grouped under the label of the "Freedom Agenda" - has generated much debate about its effectiveness that even several years of added perspective have not resolved.

The advent of the Arab Spring three years ago led defenders of Bush's policies to claim this phenomenon as a positive consequence of those policies, while critics could still point to some glaring negative consequences.

An impediment to temperate discussion of this issue is how the biggest initiative not just of the Freedom of Agenda but of Bush's entire presidency - the attempt, known as the Iraq War, to inject "democracy" into the Middle East through the barrel of a gun - was such a blunder and debacle that it overshadows what Bush got right about the political ordering of the region.

What he got right was more the diagnosis than the cure. The Middle East was - and still is, the Arab Spring notwithstanding - more of a democratic desert than most other regions. And the paucity of channels in the Middle East for peacefully pursuing political objectives and acting on grievances can affect the United States, especially by providing a more fertile breeding ground for violent extremism.

In the current issue of Political Science Quarterly Bruce Gilley has an interesting article that takes a balanced look at the results of the Freedom Agenda. Gilley notes that many of the claims both for and against the proposition that Bush's policies successfully had a democratizing effect are expressed in "partisan, confused, and often contradictory language."

One conclusion of his own more rigorous analysis is that the Bush policies could be said to have stimulated democratization in the Middle East in large part through Middle Easterners reacting negatively to the policies themselves. "The Freedom Agenda rhetoric," Gilley writes, "tended to elicit anger, resentment, and distrust across the Middle East."

Arab public opinion polls in 2006 and 2008 showed only 25 percent of respondents believing that the United States was sincere about promoting democracy in the region, with 65 percent disbelieving that. The rejection by the United States of the results of a free Palestinian election, which Hamas won, no doubt had a lot to do with that polling result.

The Iraq War was a negative, not a positive, model for people in the region. In other polling of Arabs, also in 2006 and 2008, only two percent of respondents thought Iraq was better off as a result of the war while 81 percent believed it was worse off.

Gilley says that these negative reactions had two visible effects. One was "to undermine the legitimacy of domestic democracy activists, who were disparaged as agents of an imperialistic United States." But the other effect - and this is one of the ways in which the Bush policies could be said to have stimulated democratization - was the unintended one of creating "new political space for socialist, Islamist, and government/military reform advocates who sought to counter the Bush rhetoric with a new democratic rhetoric of their own." Gilley cites as an example the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood announcing its own reform initiative in 2004, with demands for democratic freedoms and an end to emergency law.

This reaction involved a fusion of pro-democracy sentiment with an anti-U.S. and anti-Western variety of nationalism. In more recent Arab Spring days, this has been seen, for example, in Iraqi citizens deriding the Saudi regime as "slaves of America and Israel" for dispatching Saudi troops to suppress unrest in Bahrain.

This fusion brings us back to the hoary dichotomy of democratic values versus hard-nosed U.S. interests, but with a different twist. The dichotomy may be real not so much because of pro-U.S. sentiments of dictators, but instead because of anti-U.S. sentiments of democrats.

And that leads to the question of whether the sort of democratization that the Freedom Agenda wrought is such a good thing for the United States after all. Democracy per se is important for U.S. interests, including for those reasons having to do with propensity toward violent extremism, but anything that makes people more anti-American is also important for those interests, and for many of the same reasons.

Perhaps an appropriate summary of the Freedom Agenda's consequences is that the Bush administration delivered some of the goods as far as democratization is concerned, but in the process damaged the goods in a way that made them less useful to the United States.


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+97 # fredboy 2014-01-05 14:31
Bush, Cheney and their neo-nuts shredded traditional American values and shoved them in the toilet. They were anti-American from the start, seeking stranglehold control and the imposition of fear. Sad how the 9/11 "terrorists attacks" played right into their plans.
 
 
+44 # JSRaleigh 2014-01-05 16:56
Quoting fredboy:
Bush, Cheney and their neo-nuts shredded traditional American values and shoved them in the toilet. They were anti-American from the start, seeking stranglehold control and the imposition of fear. Sad how the 9/11 "terrorists attacks" played right into their plans.


How many of the 9/11 terrorists came from Iraq? How many of them came from Saudi Arabia?

The Project for a New American Century wanted to invade Iraq while Clinton was still President. When he wouldn't do it, they lamented that lacking a "New Pearl Harbor" it was never going to be possible.

Nine months after they took office, they got their "New Pearl Harbor", courtesy of the Pakistani ISI & Saudi Arabian secret police.

After the real Pearl Harbor we went to war with Japan who had attacked us. Not only did we go to war, we fully mobilized to defeat our enemies. Everyone shared in the national sacrifice.

After the "New Pearl Harbor" we went to war with Iraq, who hadn't. Who sacrificed to defeat our enemies then?
 
 
+2 # Stilldreamin1 2014-01-06 19:36
0 and 15, respectively.
 
 
0 # RICHARDKANEpa 2014-01-07 17:44
Quoting JSRaleigh:
Quoting fredboy:
Bush, Cheney and their neo-nuts shredded traditional American values and shoved them in the toilet. They were anti-American from the start, seeking stranglehold control and the imposition of fear. Sad how the 9/11 "terrorists attacks" played right into their plans.


How many of the 9/11 terrorists came from Iraq? How many of them came from Saudi Arabia?

The Project for a New American Century wanted to invade Iraq while Clinton was still President. When he wouldn't do it, they lamented that lacking a "New Pearl Harbor" it was never going to be possible.

Nine months after they took office, they got their "New Pearl Harbor", courtesy of the Pakistani ISI & Saudi Arabian secret police.

After the real Pearl Harbor we went to war with Japan who had attacked us. Not only did we go to war, we fully mobilized to defeat our enemies. Everyone shared in the national sacrifice.

After the "New Pearl Harbor" we went to war with Iraq, who hadn't. Who sacrificed to defeat our enemies then?


Sorry the only surprise at Pearl Harbor was the Japanese went home instead of continuing on to seize Hawaii
 
 
+46 # Vardoz 2014-01-05 16:58
Well Bush said "he won the Tri-Fecta" when the buildings came down. Hey they killed tens of thousands in Iraq so what’s 3,000 to change the game. They said they needed a Pearl Harbor and they got it. It is hard to believe it wasn't planned and facilitated by the Bush/Chaney administration after one watches Fahrenheit 9/11 and LOOSE CHANGE- But this is what they do and now we have the Patriot Act and Obama has the power to take anyone away without any charges or due process and disappear even an American citizen- guess that doesn't mean much anymore- actually they have always had that power and have done whatever they wanted the only difference now is there is no presence of Democracy or the rule of law- it's open season on all of us I guess they have just illuminated our constitution and Bill of Rights- we are a lawless nation that has no regard for humanity. It's very sad.
 
 
+15 # Doubter 2014-01-05 18:40
"..the Bush policies could be said to have stimulated democratization in the Middle East in large part through Middle Easterners reacting negatively to the policies themselves."

That one phrase summarises half the article.
 
 
0 # BKnowswhitt 2014-01-05 21:07
That's why it's 'Pledge Allegiance to the Flag and to THE REPUBLIC .. one Nation etc etc .... this is and always was a limited Democracy .... that's how the founders set it up. At first only landowners ie 'players' got to vote ... now the players are from in and outside of this country .. but it is still the best place to live in the world and admittedly an experiment .. my view ..
 
 
+3 # BKnowswhitt 2014-01-05 21:08
That is unless you have the money you could live away from all of this and many good spots in the world elsewhere .. as well ..
 
 
+27 # Holy Cow 2014-01-05 18:30
What I wrote in Jan., 2006 - still true...

VOTER'S LAMENT (sung to the tunes "It's Howdy Doody Time" and Tah Rah Rah Boom De Aye") by Rita Walpole Ague

When it's George and Dickie's time,
Then it's George and Dickie's dime,
Corporate warfare is o.k.,
'Cause they know how to make it pay."

Neoons they call the shots,
While Americans get the trots,
clearly paying through the nose,
As the deficit grows and grows.

And the arms boys have their way
As Americans pay and pay.
Better ways to kill and spy
On Americans as we try...

The Iraqi war to curtail,
And a war in Iran to derail.
We're serveilled and spied upon.
While their spin goes on and on.

Yes, their terror spin has clout,
For it's what they're all about.
Keeping folks all scared and green, While they crank their war machine.

For, indeed, greed is their game,
Power is their middle name.
And the devil has his way,
As Americans pay and play.

Then they break the law with ease,
Torture if and when they please.
Keep the mainstream press in line,
Muzzle critics, lie just fine.

When it's George and Dickies time,
Then it's George and Dickies crime.
'Cause they rule our land and space,
In corruption and disgrace.
 
 
+9 # RLF 2014-01-06 07:09
You need to understand thay fascist fundamentalist Islamist are exactly the same as fascist Christian fundamentalists ...Pals! You could even throw in the fundamentalist Jews!
 
 
+1 # robcarter.vn 2014-01-08 03:52
What he got right I am unsure, but what he got wrong were 2 main things:-
A) Baby Nations can not end 4000 years war zones.
B) Wars are never won by USA not since Independence, Native Indian American & Spanish wars of sheer cannon fodder or manpower advantage. 60+ In 70 years all worse off after USA left.

"What he got right" Fredboy, as you said "was more the diagnosis than the cure. The Middle East was - and still is, the Arab Spring notwithstanding " You might add he got right it was a way to beil his buddy Corp War Industry "Stimulate" 1%'ersand 9%'ers Profits, with Treasury trillions of Fiat fabric/paper money & a printer.
 
 
+57 # MidwesTom 2014-01-05 14:35
We should all demand to see the missing 28 pages form the 9/11 report. They describe the involvement of other countries in the attack. Our transparent administration ought to release them.

I wonder if Snowden got them?
 
 
+45 # PABLO DIABLO 2014-01-05 14:46
Heck of a job Shrub.
 
 
+41 # oprichniki 2014-01-05 15:09
Few Americans are aware of the book Crossing the Rubicon, M C Ruppert. Then there is Architects and Engineers for 911 Truth. No wonder that Bush II and BHO want to know what we are doing. Ed Snowden is a REAL patriot!
 
 
+11 # soularddave 2014-01-05 16:05
I read it, and it led me to read dozens of others. Now one can have it deliverd to one's door for less that $10.

Great read! lots of detail and 100s of end notes.
 
 
+14 # grandma lynn 2014-01-06 06:48
Edward Snowden is a real patriot, and so is his example-setter, Chelsea Manning. I'm 69 this year. I wonder if in my lifetime I'll see it corrected, the situation that makes them "guilty." Will we have a chance to see justice matter? Will we ever see honesty again among our elected officials in D.C.?
 
 
+35 # elizabethblock 2014-01-05 15:23
Well, duh. It was clear from the beginning that a democratic Iraq - or Syria, or Iran, or Egypt - would be an anti-American Iraq, or Syria, or Iran, or Egypt. Not culturally, but politically, i.e. against American political and economic domination. So how could the Bushies' claims to be pro-democracy be anything but nonsense?

For might makes right,
And till they've seen the light
They've got to be protected,
All their rights respected,
Till somebody we like can be elected

-- Tom Lehrer, "Send the Marines"
 
 
+44 # bbaldwin2001 2014-01-05 15:44
"Bush's Anti-American Legacy" - The only thing wrong in this title is the name "Bush."

It should read CHENEY'S Anti-American Legacy" He is the one behind all of the "Policies" coming out of the Bush Administration. When are we going to realize that Bush did not have the brains to dream up policies of his administration. Cheney and his cronies were behind everything that happened in the GWB's Administration.
 
 
+16 # grandma lynn 2014-01-06 06:52
You write this, and I remember how I disliked Nancy Pelosi and Barack Obama when one of their first pronouncements that mattered in 2008 was that Bush-Cheney's manipulations that got us into Iraq War would not be examined. Close the books on those tricks they played on us; leave them unexamined. Wicked.
 
 
+37 # jwb110 2014-01-05 15:45
A majority of Americans knew it was a mistake and not a soul in Washington D.C. could see past the end of their respective noses. So who listens to the people!?
 
 
+9 # RLF 2014-01-06 07:13
Remember the huge, nonviolent protests against going into Iraq...and how effective they were. The gov. doesn't give a crap what the people think now...they know what's best.
 
 
+45 # tom paine devotee 2014-01-05 15:45
Bush , Chaney , May very well have destroyed the wonderful republic which was given toy us by the founding fathers.
And yet it current pools he scores higher than Obama (whose record I find many things to disapprove of also) It makes you wonder how stupid the American electorate is . After the Bush debacle in the 2010 election and 2012 again , gave control of the government back to the republican party who created all of the problems ,two wars , tax break for the rich , big banks fraud and many more to numerous to mention .
For those of you who do not know who Tom Paine was , read up on his pre revolutionary war writings especially "common Sense" a precursor to the Declaration of Independence.
Getting back to Bush 2 - many countries feel that he should be tried as a war criminal , I concur .
 
 
+16 # zornorff 2014-01-05 21:10
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And yet it current pools he scores higher than Obama (whose record I find many things to disapprove of also) It makes you wonder how stupid the American electorate is .

How stupid, you ask. Stupid enough to elect him twice.
 
 
+15 # psadave 2014-01-05 22:50
Too many stupid Americans voted to re-elect this idiot who was DEFINITELY the worst president EVER! Too many stupid Americans believe the lies the GOP and their mouthpiece, Fox News, tell over & over & over & over....
 
 
+1 # grandma lynn 2014-01-06 06:57
Real choice for the electorate would not be between corporate-spons ored Tweedle-de-dee and Tweedle-de-dum. Watch the NH Rebellion underway from Jan. 11-24, with spokesman Larry Lessig getting coverage on Diane Rehm Show and other places. Maybe right now, status quo with electing federal decision-makes, we (electorate) are in the mindless, uninspired process of moving our last chess piece back and forth on the same two spaces just avoiding the final coup. That's all our elections are - until NH Rebellion might inspire different play.
 
 
+5 # lark3650 2014-01-06 07:35
It is the people serving in our government that should be reading the works of Thomas Paine....especi ally "The Rights of Man".
 
 
+30 # angryspittle 2014-01-05 16:10
W. The Idiot King with the Fecal Touch.
 
 
-28 # Penn 2014-01-05 20:14
Yet he is still so powerful that you make an effort to denigrate him.
 
 
+11 # psadave 2014-01-05 22:59
Him & VP Dick were powerful enough to almost ruin our country for Haliburton and the leftover GOP morons have done NOTHING to help for purely political reasons. The only solution, IMHO, is to get rid of Boehner, McConnell, Ryan, Cantor, Cruz and all the liars. Jobs, Jobs, Jobs. Right. All they care about is their jobs.
 
 
+2 # rockieball 2014-01-06 08:43
What do you mean ALMOST?
 
 
+19 # angelfish 2014-01-05 16:28
THIS is why we must rid our political scene of those same, like-minded Anti-American Ultra Right-Wing Nut-jobs who currently are working actively to destroy us. Not content to strip food stamps from our neediest citizens and kill perfectly effective Social Programs, they also seek to impose their fundamentalist Anti-Woman Bull-Puckey on us, as well as give "personhood" to Big Corporations while treating the rest of us like serfs. They have loaded the SCOTUS with Toadies and "company men" whose sole purpose is to hand our governance over to the TeaTHUGlicans. I fervently hope that America will rise up and Vote them OUT at the first opportunity. If we don't, Thomas Jefferson's remedy may have to be utilized. Wouldn't you think that the RePublicans would have LEARNED from the "shrub's" miserably failed Presidency? I'm beginning to think they haven't the capacity to learn ANYTHING!
 
 
-5 # Doubter 2014-01-05 18:47
I'm afraid they have the capacity to drag the Democrat traitors with them, and that's more than enough to throw the country to the dogs. (literally)
 
 
-40 # Penn 2014-01-05 20:13
Until you hold Clinton accountable for harassment, sexual assault, and RAPE of the Female Democrat Volunteers, you have no basic to make fraudulent claims about the GOP war on women. It is the Democrats who have a long history of abusing women. not Republicans. It is the Democrats that press racism and racist policies to hold down the minorities, not Republicans. And it is the Democrats that attempt to rewrite history to claim they aren't responsible for their lies and abuse. Just like you are trying now.
 
 
+12 # BKnowswhitt 2014-01-05 21:12
Democrats in the south became todays Republicans when the civil rights movement was forced upon them by the Feds .. known as Dixiecrats ... those Republican's who were Lincolns fought those in the South .. now the south is traditionally Red or Red neck Republican by majority .. always their history and that party did a complete switch ..
 
 
+11 # BKnowswhitt 2014-01-05 21:20
Cut and Paste: The States' Rights Democratic Party (usually called the Dixiecrats) was a short-lived segregationist political party in the United States in 1948. It originated as a breakaway faction of the Democratic Party in 1948, determined to protect what they portrayed as the southern way of life beset by an oppressive federal government,[1] and supporters assumed control of the state Democratic parties in part or in full in several Southern states. The States' Rights Democratic Party opposed racial integration and wanted to retain Jim Crow laws and white supremacy in the face of possible federal intervention. Members were called Dixiecrats. (The term Dixiecrat is a portmanteau of Dixie, referring to the Southern United States, and Democrat.) - a lot like today's 'Pee Party' Southern run supported anti government .. pictures of Obama as a slappy black guy at their rallies .. same horseshit .. and today right wing division of Republican Party .. they attract sub intellects as well as straight faced racists today ..
 
 
+3 # Glen 2014-01-06 07:05
Sexual assault is a terrible crime and we all condemned Clinton for that. That is not the same as attacking an entire country, killing thousands and ruining their culture and towns, then proceeding to spread that same to other countries.

Penn, you might want to google GOP law breakers, including sexual assault. Do it for the Democrats, as well. The two parties are made up of human beings with agendas of their own.

It gets tiresome playing the ole "us against them" football game with politics and only 2 political parties.
 
 
+9 # RLF 2014-01-06 07:15
Republicans prefer men in airport bathrooms and cocaine.
 
 
+4 # humanmancalvin 2014-01-07 16:04
Penn, your statements about Democrats long history of abusing women is a tad confused, no sources out side of Fox-N0n-News no doubt. Yet I do think that the male Republicans in office do hold the unofficial record for abusing young men. They may as well be Catholic priests.
 
 
+27 # angelfish 2014-01-05 16:43
I also wanted to say that THIS is what happens when Imbeciles are given the task of running this Country. I pray to God we NEVER get another "shrub"! Hey! RePublicans! Mind who you nominate, will you PLEASE? At the very least, give us someone with a heart and a MIND who loves this Country MORE than Money!
 
 
+4 # Doubter 2014-01-05 18:51
Puppets like Bush & Obama at most supply the style.
Their "Handlers" supply the content.
 
 
-42 # Penn 2014-01-05 20:09
Romney loves this country. Obama hates America. YOU voted for Obama. And now you bitch?
 
 
+19 # zornorff 2014-01-05 21:25
Penn,none of the people in power love or hate America. They are only worried about how much they will end up with when the game is over.They are no better than the corporate cretins that sell to enemies, finance enemy regimes and profit illegally from war(Halliburton , KBR,Blackwater, etc) and are only too happy to keep wars going to keep the defense industry humming along. The only real patriots are the poor fools who risk their lives in uniform and individuals who stand for democratic principles and don't want to swallow the patriotic platitudes and bullshit from today's GOP.
 
 
+14 # Kootenay Coyote 2014-01-05 16:58
Never mind: the USA is now democratically propping up the chaos in Libya & the puppet dictatorships in Afghanistan, Egypt & Iraq.
 
 
+22 # CeceliaCook 2014-01-05 17:14
Bush and Cheney have been tagged and tried as War Criminals in several foreign countries. Such has not been publicized in the US. Bush won't even leave the US for fear he will be arrested and tried for war crimes. If he had not invaded Iraq, we would not be in the "B'rer Rabbit and the Tar Baby scenario we find ourselves in presently.
 
 
+14 # BKnowswhitt 2014-01-05 19:34
Tear em up .. punch em in the face .. then when they fight back .. call em terroists .. agitate provoke invade .. then point out the bad behaviour .. 'Told ya' they're animals' - so it's the setup the neocons love. Now they've got more reasons for more american 'interventions' s than before Bush et al invaded .. awaiting the next Republican Pricks corrupt decisions for the next war down the road a comin ..
 
 
-32 # Penn 2014-01-05 20:04
WOW! More proof that George Bush is the smartest most powerful President that America has ever had. Why else would this article be written about him so MANY years after leaving office. No doubt that Bush's power is still controlling the media or else they might need to write about Obama and the Obamascam and his current failures on all fronts as a person and President. Deflecting ALL the way back to Bush is a sign of fear on the left that Obama will be certified as the worst President since Carter and displaces Clinton down to number 3. Oh well, keep trying to find a way to blame Bush but Obama does NOT agree with this author or else Obama would have changed the plans and actions of America in the Middle East
 
 
+17 # BKnowswhitt 2014-01-05 20:57
That like saying that a documentary on a serial killer 10 years later means that he's a person of the greatest accomplishments ! What great reasoning. See how you make it so that Repub's attract and get a lot of support from sub intellects .. one of their main drawing cards ..
 
 
+16 # zornorff 2014-01-05 21:36
Carter's failure was his lack of political savvy. Clinton was hardly a failed president, although Glass Stegal and Nafta are clearly pockmarks on his legacy. But to compare W to either Carter(a fundamentally decent and honest man) or Clinton is to compare shit to vanilla ice cream. W was a destroyer, plain and simple.
 
 
+6 # rockieball 2014-01-06 08:50
WOW! The smartest most powerful President ever!!! A man that said he could see no reason why men and fish couldn't coexist peacefully. Then any child older than 3 speaking first words are Einsteins already. True though he is a genius compared to the Presidential candidates and Republicans in Washington ever since. Georgie boy set the bar low for idiot Republican Politicians and the party has been going under that bar ever since.
 
 
+7 # Archie1954 2014-01-05 21:57
Another crock of sh....human waste! America never wanted and never will want democracy in the Middle East and has prevented democracy from breaking out there since it and the UK deposed the democratically elected president of Iran in 1953. That is a long time ago in geopolitics. If the US had wished there to be democracy, it would have worked to help create it, but the opposite actually occurred. You see, let's face it, the US is involved in the region for one reason and one reason only, oil! Even the so called "friend" of America, Israel (who needs enemies when you have a two faced, backstabbing "ally" like this one, remember the USS Liberty, the Pollard spying case, the overjoyed Israelis dancing on 9/11),)would be told to take care of itself if it weren't for oil. If democracy actually took hold in the area, the people would demand the US get out and leave them alone, once and for all. Constant wars, constant death and destruction at the hands of the American degenerate military is not wanted and would not be allowed to continue under Middle East democracies. The US knows this and it will never allow such democracies to flourish, never! So brain dead Americans it is actually your perverse ignorance that has allowed the situation in the Middle East to reach this desperate and deadly mode.
 
 
+1 # Texas Aggie 2014-01-06 05:06
"the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood announcing its own reform initiative in 2004, with demands for democratic freedoms and an end to emergency law."

And in typical fundamentalist fashion, once they got their demands, they refused to extend them to anyone else. Mors´'s regime was very little different from the military regime that preceded it. Hence the demonstrations that gave the military the excuse to throw him out.
 
 
+2 # Stilldreamin1 2014-01-06 08:33
Al Queda was a joint creation of the CIA, ISI (Pakistan) and Saudi intelligence. Control of Central Asia is the goal. No number of innocent lives lost is too many for the psychopaths who run the country.
 
 
+7 # mjc 2014-01-06 11:09
Have always viewed George Bush as a stand-in for president Dick Cheney and it is very difficult to wrap my head around any Bush legacy, let alone an American legacy or anti-American legacy from him. Propaganda in the US sells better with the words democracy, freedom or liberty included in the sales pitch. Going into Iraq was predicated on controlling the vast resources of oil...thought to be there and in some cases were there. The propaganda sold fairly well in the US but it also had some effect in the Middle East; Americans weren't always the imperialists they have come to be since the end of the World War II and that no doubt had some stimulation in places like Iraq and Afghanistan...a nd later Tunesia, Libya and Egypt for a more populist form of government. But that was accompanied by the sheer hate of bombs, ammunition, any sort of weapon aimed at civilian as well as enemy positions. Drones topped the list later, after we were slinking away. We "won" the two wars of choice but have lost the battle for our reputation and common sense, especially now as the old cultural conflicts rise. We have our elaborate bases and air power but that will not buy the control of the Middle East that is sought by many in this nation. And our alliance with Israel in all things leaves us with no serious ability to bring peace to that region...for whatever reason we may want to have it.
 
 
+3 # corals33 2014-01-06 12:41
Democracy and Christianity, the twin pillars of western fantasy.Selecte d officials pretending to be elected officials and celibate males extolling the virtues of a virgin birth. A piece of cloth wound round the neck is as much a tie as it is a manufactured lie.
 
 
0 # corals33 2014-01-06 12:53
Seems to me the leaders in the "middle-east"(a nother meaningless phrase)are as accommodating as all the other leaders in the world when it comes to destroying their cities and depopulating their lands.

A PUBLIC ERROR

how wonderful,
how organized,
how cleverly constructed.

stage managed by superior hands,
diabolically sculpted.

but simple
so that any man
of course a man selected
could implement the evil plan
the way it was directed.

they do it right before your eyes
like cardsharps at a fair
and wrap their wrongs in slick disguise
to make them disappear

before the crowd can realise
before the mist can clear
the deeds they should have scrutinised
were happening elsewhere.

how awesome can hypnosis be,
directing everyone,
bypassing all demography
affecting all as one.

commanding all humanity
to do what must be done
and watching it work
perfectly,
this art of distraction

how wonderful to see the lies;
why terror is invented,
why crime exists
and advertised
the way the state intended

how governments have snatched the prize
and keep us all tormented
with all the things they try to hide
behind the ones presented.

SHAKE SPEAR.
©
 
 
+3 # randrjwr 2014-01-08 12:40
The United States has NOT been in favor of democracy anywhere in cases where the elected government has been perceived as not favorable to its interests. Recall that in 1953 the CIA overthrew a democratically elected government in Iran for fear that Iran would insist on maintaining control of its own oil; who could allow such a heinous crime to occur? Similarly, the U.S. has overthrown governments in South America that were considered too left-leaning and not sufficiently favorable to U.S. business interests. The U.S. has only been interested in making the world safe for U.S. business--to hell with democracy. How can we continue to claim (and maybe even believe?) otherwise?

As for G.W.Bush, he got NOTHING right about ANYTHING.
 

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