Seems like we’ve been supporting “democracy” but to often the bad guys win through fraud corruption and intimidation… then we end up supporting the bad guys that were “elected”. (eg the Muslim Brotherhood" and many others).
What this administration fails to understand more so than previous administrations is that the goal is not democracy. It is the national intersests of the United States AND stability… i.e. peace.
Spreading the “good news” of the America dream / manifest destiny (is not about one thing like democratic governments). The spread of the Western Civilization ideals is about critical mass. We have, lately and often, abandoned the westernized portions of many countries. As a result they have either moved, perished or been lost (converted). We want their hearts and souls. We can get their governments later. It’s a process. We seem so upside down on so many issues. Take Syria for example or even going back to the Shaw and Sadat in Egypt. The Westernization (i.e. progress, education, culture) of the “former third world” is not a bad thing and we should not feel guilty about it. It’s the best thing that ever happened to them and we should continue it, support it, encourage it and reward it…
- National Security
- Peace and Stability
- Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness
(Freedom of Religion, Press, Due Process, etc)
If that requires the “temporary” existence of cooperative dictators or authoritarian regimes, so be it… there are tradeoffs.
It seems we’ve lost our sense of priorities… common sense…
Of course there are tradeoffs… duh… there always are… duh squared…