January 13th, 2009
08:47 PM ET

In defense of the Bush Doctrine

Editor's note: Watch Nic Robertson's report from the Israeli/Gaza border tonight at 10p.

Reza Aslan
The Daily Beast

Would the war in Gaza still be happening if we'd listened to George Bush? The Daily Beast's Reza Aslan on why Bush has every right to say "I told you so" when it comes to the Middle East.

The devastating war in Gaza between Hamas militants and the mighty Israeli army has once again raised a chorus of criticism about the foolishness of George W. Bush’s democracy agenda in the Middle East. “Another pillar in his crusade to spread democracy” is how Margaret Carlson, writing for Bloomberg, describes the rise of Hamas. But the truth is that whatever violence or instability may have resulted from the push to promote democracy in the Middle East, the solution to lasting peace, prosperity, and sociopolitical reform throughout the region, and especially in Palestine, is more democracy, not less.

It was four years ago that a bumptious George W. Bush, fresh from his stunning re-election, took the podium on a cold January morning in Washington, D.C., and laid out an audacious—some would say foolhardy—vision for his second term as president.


Filed under: Hamas • Israel • Middle East • President George W. Bush • Raw Politics • Reza Aslan
soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. Michael

    Bush Doctrine of no talking or negotiating, how can one know what is the intention or thinking of the other party, just use brutal force and then talk. Is not this the way the jungle law operates, aren't we humans capable of doing horrible acts to each other. When do we stop to reason at least above the 'monkey reasoning'.

    January 14, 2009 at 12:32 am |
  2. hugh ~ california

    Had this magnificent idea materialized in some other presidential administration it may have become reality, but Bush underestimated the opposition, and as so sober is the reality, no one cares about a world leader who talks cheap, but instead fails to be a true voice for democracy, rather a true voice of hypocrisy.

    January 13, 2009 at 11:01 pm |
  3. Annie Kate

    Perhaps the Arab/Muslim world would like to live in a democratic world and perhaps to get there would take the recognition of Hamas and Hezbollah as political players in those countries. But, will democracy change the majority of the Middle East that has always wanted Israel to no longer exist? Will a democratic government in the countries surrounding Israel help safeguard Israelis from having rockets launched on them at random times during the day and night?

    January 13, 2009 at 9:33 pm |
  4. Neil Michels

    This country could have saved billons of dollars and lives if they had read the report of the imminent attack on this country before 9/11. All those people who say that we are safer now, should listen and read first.

    January 13, 2009 at 9:22 pm |