Foreign and Defense Policy

About That Commitment to Democracy

Another stunning quote from President Obama, who seems to relish any and every opportunity to criticize his own country before the world.

Democracy cannot be imposed on any nation from the outside. Each society must search for its own path, and no path is perfect. Each country will pursue a path rooted in the culture of its people, and—in the past—America has too often been selective in its promotion of democracy. But that does not weaken our commitment, it only reinforces it.

In the past, America has been selective in its promotion of democracy. But at few points in recent history (the Carter administration comes to mind) has an administration had a more shaky commitment to that particularly American ideal. Our new commitment is to the leaders of Burma, China, Iran, Egypt, and Venezuela more than to the people of those countries. If the president’s commitment to democracy has been reinforced, it will be news to the many dissidents across the world who have begged for his attention only to be given the back of his hand.

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