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Bush Hates Dictatorships?

Bush said this about Kerry recently: "Hes saying he prefers the stability of a dictatorship to the hope and security of democracy," (Bush, Kerry tussle over Iraq)

It's pretty standard misdirection crap, that when Kerry attacks what's happening in Iraq, Bush says he obviously supports the previous regime. Juan Cole shows the what's wrong with this statement in his post Bush Taunts Kerry.

Some experts:


Iraq, however, does not have a democracy, and cannot possibly have a democracy any time soon because of events such as those described below (and they are only 24 hours' worth)-- that is, because of a failed state and a hot guerrilla war.

Moreover, if Mr. Bush abhors dictatorships so much, why hasn't he overthrown that in China? North Korea? Zimbabwe? Or, say, Egypt? There are enormous numbers of dictatorships in the world. Is the US to overthrow them all? Putin's decision to appoint provincial governors rather than allowing them to be elected (as though Bush should appoint the governors of US states) is a step toward dictatorship. Shall we have a war with Russia over it?


He also talks about Isreal and Palestine, but then goes on to talk about the real reason that Bush considered Iraq a threat, not because he was a dictator but because of the false allegations that Iraq was constructing WMDs. He goes on to theorize about why so many people support Bush and his fuck up in Iraq when it's obvious that the words do not match the actions:


I have a sinking feeling that the American public may like Bush's cynical misuse of Wilsonian idealism precisely because it covers the embarrassment of their having gone to war, killed perhaps 25,000 people, and made a perfect mess of the Persian Gulf region, all out of a kind of paranoia fed by dirty tricks and bad intelligence. And, maybe they have to vote for Bush to cover the embarrassment of having elected him in the first place.

How deep a hole are they going to dig themselves in order to get out of the bright sunlight of so much embarrassment?


This seems pretty much in line with the way that I feel about the Administation, so it wouldn't suprise me if we found out that's why people support Bush. If they change their vote or disagree with him now, then they have to admit they were wrong in the first place and it's just too hard to face the harsh reality.


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