Bush Loves Dictators
This is amazing. He calls a guy who actively supresses dissent via arbitrary jailings, sacks then restacks his nation's highest court, and otherwises fixes elections through tight media control and blatant, government-sponsored thuggery "truly... somebody who believes in democracy."
Maybe this is no surprise, since Bush oncet tried to tell us that he looked deep into Putin's eyes and saw, what was it? A man with a gentle soul? Besides, Bush and his cronies have made similar moves here in the U.S. -- witness the purge of independent federal prosecutors by a young, inexperienced, power-drunk right-wing, religious-school hack hired to do Gonzo's dirty work. Or Tom Delay's K street project and the tentacles of partisan cronyism that wormed their way through the entire federal bureaucracy.
Need more? Press control here isn't as overt, but it's there, from administration pressure on reporters not to cover unpleasant subjects (like coffins being unloaded from Iraq) to Pentagon wordsmiths' attempts to change war vocabulary, to bogus, helicopter-escorted "strolls" through Baghdad streets by clueless and compliant Republican lawmakers, to Cheney and Rumsfeld's and Rove's regular Fox News fib-athons, to outright lies directly from the President's mouthpiece.
Former White House Spokesman Scott McLellan is going to detail how he spread lies on behalf of the White House after Bush's vindictive pseudo-patriots outed Valerie Plame to bolster its case for invading Iraq, by attempting to discredit the report (later proved to be 100% true) that Iraq had not attempted to import weapons-grade uranium from Africa.
Same old story. "Democracy" is just a catchphrase to guys like Bush. What they really care about is raining taxpayer dollars down upon enemies of their enemies. That is exactly what came back to bite us in the tuckus with Bush Sr.'s former buddy, Saddam, or Noriega, or our puppet, the Shah, or any number of other despots we propped up only to see them toppled in a wave of popular resentment.