We are today frequently called on to see the president's wrecked "democracy promotion agenda" as an example of some sort of failed though laudable, even tragic, idealism. . . .
But the whole story, like so much else from the Bush White House, is press and pomp with no substance. What's remarkable is how little questioning there's been about whether such an agenda ever existed at all--
Marshall from 2003:
The administration is trying to roll the table--to use U.S. military force, or the threat of it, to reform or topple virtually every regime in the region, from foes like Syria to friends like Egypt, on the theory that it is the undemocratic nature of these regimes that ultimately breeds terrorism. . . .
I made my own case for hypocrisy at the CarpetBagger Report this week. I also pointed out Kerry's remarks critical of Bush comparing Iraq to Vietnam, when Kerry did the same thing himself just last month! Marshall is just icing on the cake.