Monday, May 31, 2004

By all accounts, US support for corrupt Arab governments was a major factor in September 11 and in the general rage against the US in Arab countries. Bush and the neo-conservatives have been trying to address this by pushing for democracy in countries such as Saudi Arabia and Egypt.

How will Kerry address this? By continuing to support the corrupt Arab governments.

Sen. John F. Kerry indicated that as president he would play down the promotion of democracy as a leading goal in dealing with Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, China and Russia.

In many ways, Kerry laid out a foreign policy agenda that appeared less idealistic about U.S. aims than those of President Bush or even fellow Democrat Bill Clinton. Although Kerry said it is important to sell democracy and "market it" around the world, he demurred when questioned about a number of important countries that suppress human rights and freedoms.


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