March 13th, 2005 by Rightsideup

Enjoy the honeymoon while it lasts. The liberals won’t give the President credit for long. This short-term quasi-endorsement of President Bush’s Middle East policy will crack up within weeks.

Democracy will not be achieved overnight in the Middle East, and the President has never claimed that it will. But count on it that the liberals – whose motto might well be “no-one will ever call me on it if I change my tune” – will quickly return to their strategy of calling his policy “an impossible dream” etc. Having briefly accepted the blindingly obvious because not to do so would smack of stupidity, they will quickly return to the negativist attitude which characterises all liberal foreign policy – “nothing ever changes, especially when America tries to bring about the change.”

How long will this about-face take? I predict a matter of weeks from now.

March 3rd, 2005 by Rightsideup

It seems that President Bush’s hopes for democracy in the Middle East are already beginning to bear fruit, despite the skepticism of many on both sides of the political divide.

Just a few examples of the spread of democracy and reform in the Middle East in recent months:

All of these since the President’s inaugural and state of the union addresses, in which he emphasised the need to spread democracy and freedom throughout the world. And of course, all of them come on top of the elections in Iraq at the end of January and the Palestinian elections which followed the death of Yasser Arafat. A nice summary of the current state of democracy in the Middle East is available on the BBC website.

It now seems that we may be witnessing a Ronald Reagan-like vindication of a much-ridiculed Republican president’s policies, despite the assertions of the foreign policy intelligentsia. Of course, we know from experience that none of those who ridiculed President Bush’s plans will ever acknowledge that they were wrong.