November 2003
New Republic;11/24/2003, Vol. 229 Issue 21, p9
Presents the views of the author regarding the address made by U.S. President George W. Bush to the National Endowment for Democracy (NED). The NED is an organization that was born in partisan strife two decades ago but has become one of the real glories of Washington--the president provided a thoughtful and stirring and momentous defense of the centrality of democratization to American foreign policy. The speech contained arguments, not slogans; a sense of history, not a sense of politics. It was the credo of an idealist, but there was realism in it, too. The president committed the United States to the pursuit of democracy throughout the world--"in Cuba, and Burma, and North Korea, and Zimbabwe." The president made two arguments for his crusade: a moral one, that democracy is superior to every other political order in every way that matters; and a practical one, that the security of democratic nations depends upon the spread of democracy.


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