November 21, 2005


Bush tour ends with Mongolia stop (BBC, 11/21/05)

George Bush has become the first US president to visit Mongolia, as he concluded a week-long Asian tour.

He met Mongolian President Nambaryn Enkhbayar and thanked him for supporting the US-led war in Iraq, and for sending more than 100 troops.

A BBC correspondent says Mr Bush's visit was meant to highlight Mongolia's shift to democracy and free markets. [...]

"Like the ideology of communism, the ideology of Islamic radicalism is destined to fail - because the will to power is no match for the universal desire to live in freedom," Mr Bush said. [...]

Over the last seven years, the US has provided Mongolia with more than $100m in technical assistance and training for its democratic and economic reform programme.

US officials also helped draft the country's constitution in 1992 and have since helped in voter education and other pro-democracy projects.

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 21, 2005 7:54 AM

Did Bush convince them to overrun Europe again? We could use another Genghis Kahn about now!

Posted by: erp at November 21, 2005 9:42 AM

It's the Coalition of the Willing (in contrast to the Coalition of the Unwilling): Immanuel Kant. But Kubla Khan.

Posted by: JT at November 21, 2005 11:42 AM