Tuesday, February 15, 2011
One of the differences that we've discussed between unilateral and multilateral liberals is how to best ensure the spread of democracy.
In a speech today, President Obama stated, about the recent events in Egypt:
What we didn't do was pretend that we could dictate the outcome in Egypt -- because we can't. So we were very mindful that it was important for this to remain an Egyptian event, that the United States did not become the issue ...
Compare this statement, and US actions before and during the Egypt demonstrations, to the statements of the Bush administration before and during the invasion of Iraq, as well as Bush statements in the various documents cited in the Rhodes article. This difference is one of the things that divides the unilateralist liberals from the multilateralist liberals.
Do you agree that the spread of democracy is good for international peace and security? If so, what do you think is the most effective way to spread democracy?