June 16, 2008


Brown backs Bush freedom agenda (Jon Ward, June 16, 2008, Washington Times)

The prime minister has been on his heels politically after a recent defeat in parliamentary elections, and Mr. Bush remains unpopular in much of Europe.

But Mr. Brown did not shrink from backing Mr. Bush when the president defended his decision to invade Iraq in 2003 and to maintain a large troop presence there over the last five years.

"I believe that Iraq is a democracy today because of the action that we have taken. And our next task is to make sure that all Iraqis feel that they have an economic stake as well as a democratic stake in the future of the country," Mr. Brown said.

Mr. Brown also agreed with Mr. Bush's oft-stated and often criticized view that democracy can be established in the Middle East.

"The question facing the Western world is, will we fall prey to the argument that stability is more important than forms of government?" Mr. Bush said, during a press conference with Mr. Brown.

Mr. Brown said: "The passion for freedom I think is a universal value."

...for a President Obama to revert to the Left's preferred Stability (or Totalitarian) Agenda.

Though, there are still folks on his side who lose no sleep at the prospect of standing idly by during genocide, Bush's Misplaced Regrets (Terence Samuel, June 16, 2008, American Prospect)

Just so we're clear, the most regrettable elements of the Bush years have nothing to do with what the president said or how he said it. Rather, it was all the ridiculously ill-considered, foolish, and fundamentally wrong things that he did. For example, starting an unnecessary war that has so far deprived more than 4,000 American families of loved ones and the nation of the confidence of the world.

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 16, 2008 12:26 PM

"Mr. Bush remains unpopular in much of Europe." Where?

Posted by: erp at June 16, 2008 3:10 PM

The salons, univesity faculty lounges, the major media erp.

I should care less for losing the world's confidence if I had any respect for the world's judgment. Since I don't, I don't.

Posted by: Mikey at June 16, 2008 3:26 PM

I meant where in the real world.

Posted by: erp at June 16, 2008 6:32 PM

I just saw a Norwegian movie, "Reprise." In one scene, a man ridicules a seemingly prudish woman by saying, "I hate George Bush and the war in Iraq." Even in Europe, it's become a punchline to jokes.

Posted by: James Haney at June 16, 2008 8:45 PM