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Bill Richardson: Bush Doctrine is "working"

Normally I don't bother posting something that Instapundit has already covered, but I've been collecting these, and this one's just too sweet to pass up.

Lt. Smash has the transcript of Katie Couric's interview with New Mexico's governor Bill Richardson, one of the rising stars of the Democratic Party. Just check it out.

KATIE COURIC: I was going to say, because a lot of foreign policy experts are hailing the Bush Administration's policies, and saying the Bush Doctrine, of spreading democracy throughout the world, there's clear evidence that it's working. You agree with that assessment?

BILL RICHARDSON: Well, it is working. Whether by design, or by accident, it is working. The fact that the President has spoken out, where in the past the US policy has winked at Saudi Arabia, or Egypt, because of their massive security, and we have energy interests there, we have military bases, we kind of said, "OK, it's alright not to be democratic. The President, in talking about freedom and democracy, is sparking a wave of very positive democratic sentiment that might help us override both Islamic fundamentalism that has formed in that region, and also some of the hatred for our policies of invading Iraq. So, this is not only bringing a good result in the Middle East, potential democracy and full elections, but also it is helping our security, perhaps making us safer, by having less Islamic fundamentalism--

Did he clear these remarks with Howard Dean?


I actually have had this comment window open for several days... I've been meaning to comment here about this news item, which I've seen on a couple blogs.

What I was going to say is this: The fact that a Democrat praises the "Bush doctrine" of pre-emptive warfare and regime change in Iraq is not surprising. As I've pointed out before, this type of philosophy has its roots on the Left, and has long been supported by Democrats, liberals, and statists.

The so-called "Bush doctrine" is rooted in a neoliberal/Democratic philosophy of liberal internationalism and Wilsonian idealism - a utopian policy that contradicts conservative values.

So it is not surprising that Democrats and liberals are backing it these policies - They wrote them!

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