September 15, 2004

by Reb Yudel
Bush signs off on democracy prevention on Russia

Laura Rozen of War and Piece quotes from the Washington Post:

Last year, in a speech before the National Endowment for Democracy, Bush criticized past administrations for turning a blind eye to autocratic governments in the Middle East. "Sixty years of Western nations excusing and accommodating the lack of freedom in the Middle East did nothing to make us safe -- because in the long run, stability cannot be purchased at the expense of liberty," Bush said.

But, with only tentative and belated exceptions, mostly involving Powell, the Bush administration has remained largely silent as Putin has slowly dismantled democratic institutions, including taking over or closing all independent national television channels, establishing dominance of both houses of parliament, reasserting control over the country's huge energy industry and jailing or driving into exile business tycoons who have defied him.

She concludes:

That an administration driven often enough by political expedience can get away with the sham that it is committed to any sort of values is highly disturbing.

I think Kerry is right to focus on the meme: Bush deceived you. He deceived you and he'll do it again. Because it's the truth.

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