Special Interest

Beinart, Peter
February 2006
New Republic;2/13/2006, Vol. 234 Issue 5, p6
This article focuses on U.S. President George W. Bush's comments during his second inaugural address, in which he suggested American beliefs and American interests are the same thing. The author argues that American beliefs and interests are not the same thing, and Bush's intellectual dishonesty is corroding his democratization efforts from within. Equating democracy with national interest, and promoting it for that reason, is dangerous because it leads to a definition of democracy as whatever political arrangement best serves the U.S., which is exactly what the Bush administration has been doing.


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