Bush and many like him are followers of Wilsonian foreign policy. It was Woodrow Wilson, who introduced the ideas of “spreading democracy to the four corners of the world” and “making the world safe for democracy.”
What neither the democracy spreaders during the Wilson era nor those of the Bush/Obama (“liberate” Libya – tell Mubarak to leave so that “democracy” can come to Egypt) era fail to understand is that democracy is not an “idea” that can be transported like a “Room in a Box.” Democracy is dependent upon a civil society. The civil society is the foundation and it is fundamental. Without a civil society, democracy is impossible.
I never supported the ground war in Afghanistan. I had absolutely no problem with turning the entire country into a parking lot. As a Brit by birth, I already knew why they call the tribal lands known as “Afghanistan” the “Meatgrinder of Empires.” I also had no use for the invasion of Iraq. My personal position is when people want to kill each other, LET THEM.
I’m sorry to say it, but I am tired of pretending that we are somehow equal to members of a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, child-abusing, xenophobic, tribalistic, antisemitic, Christophobic, maniacal, homicidal, suicidal, totalitarian, 7th century death cult.
I do not equate all Muslims with Islamists, but when Islamists decide to grow up and join the rest of us in the 21st century, I’ll give more than a flying fig if they escape a direct hit from a predator drone…and, as a woman, I hope that drone hits their balls first.