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WP: Chavez, Putin, Lebanon – All Bush’s Fault

From those oh so credible promoters of democracy at the Washington Post:

Bush Is Losing Credibility On Democracy, Activists Say

Governments Appear Quicker to Challenge U.S. Rebukes

By Robin Wright
Sunday, June 10, 2007; Page A19

President Bush waxed eloquent about democracy in Prague’s majestic Czernin Palace last week, pledging to the assembled dissidents from 17 countries that the United States “will never excuse your oppressors” and, “We will always stand for your freedom.” It was the centerpiece speech of his European tour.

But the scorecard for the Bush administration, four years after it began promoting democracy as the key to the United States’ long-term security, shows it striking out, according to analysts and activists who originally endorsed the president’s efforts. Democracy regression is visible from Hugo Chavez’s Venezuela, a country that was the first democracy in Latin America, to Vladimir Putin’s Russia, where the Soviet demise triggered political changes worldwide 15 years ago.

The Middle East, which first spurred the Bush democracy push, is witnessing the biggest setbacks. Lebanon, whose “Cedar Revolution” was heralded by the White House in 2005 as a model for orderly political change in the region, is the latest flash point. In 2007, the United States is sending planeloads of ammunition and war materiel to Beirut to prop up the troops of a beleaguered government…

The White House pushed harder than either Israel or the Palestinians for new Palestinian Authority elections last year, only to cut off aid and contact once the militant organization Hamas won, said Robert Malley, director of the International Crisis Group’s Middle East program. “The outcome has not been to disavow democracy,” he said, “but to undermine the democratically elected government.”

Without the aid, seven out of 10 Palestinian households now live in poverty, an increase of 26 percent over the past year, the International Labor Organization, a U.N. agency, reported last month…

How positively Orwellian.

George Bush is not given credit for the liberation of at least 50 million people who had been living under the worst kind of tyranny in the Middle East.

But, instead, he is blamed for the rise of Hugo Chavez and the repression of Vladimir Putin, the internal problems of Lebanon — and of course Palestine. (Which would be a garden of Eden if only we would give them more aid.)

Of course the Washington Post are the lickspittle slaveys of the Democrat National Committee. But you would think even they would have some limits to the lies they will promote to attack the President.

But apparently they don’t.

This article was posted by Steve on Sunday, June 10th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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