Wednesday, July 07, 2004
Globe: Bush's Democracy-promotion Initiative a Sham
The Bush administration, while stating that democracy is the cornerstone of its Mideast policy, has directed more than half of the funds in its key democracy-promotion initiative to assist autocratic regimes in promoting free trade and education.
Only about $3 million of roughly $95 million went for direct funding for local groups promoting democracy or "civil society," according to 2002 and 2003 data from the State Department's Middle East Partnership Initiative, which describes itself as "the primary diplomatic policy and development programmatic tool" of President Bush's "strategy of freedom in the Middle East."
Check out the LiberalOasis post on Bush's sham pro-democracy stances versus Kerry's realpolitik.
One other point, isn’t this the same administration that diverted money away from Afghanistan to their Iraq war? Nice little slush fund to carry out world domination, that American taxpayer checkbook...