Friday, January 28

the legacy of george w. bush

Jan. 27: A Yemeni demonstrator, center, shouts slogans during a rally calling for an end to the government of President Ali Abdullah Saleh, in Sanaa, Yemen.
The fraudulent elections of 2005 and 2009 in Iran led to the unsuccessful toppling of the regime, but the Green Revolution is still alive and well.

This year, citizens of Tunisia, after a month of protests, forced Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali from office.

This week, Egypt erupts in protests against 29 year rule of Hosni Mubarak.

Yesterday, in Yemen, an al Qaeda stronghold, tens of thousands took to the streets to demanding their President step down.

Muslims, across the Middle East, seeking and demanding freedom. Just like Bush said.  This is what Iraq was all about. Making a ripple in the water.

All of this is the legacy of former President George W. Bush, who famously said the following in 2003:
"Are the peoples of the Middle East somehow beyond the reach of liberty? Are millions of men and women and children condemned by history or culture to live in despotism? Are they alone never to know freedom and never even to have a choice in the matter?"
Elliott Abrams, a deputy national security adviser for the Bush administration wrote this in WaPo:
"The revolt in Tunisia, the gigantic wave of demonstrations in Egypt and the more recent marches in Yemen all make clear that Bush had it right - and that the Obama administration's abandonment of this mind-set is nothing short of a tragedy."
A tragedy indeed. Obama and the so-called 'Democratic' Party dismissed the notion of freedom for the Middle East because they were too busy trying to undermine President Bush.


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