Dictatorships and Double Standards

Ever since the U.S. unveiled its radical new policy of bringing democracy to the Islamic world--whether through reform in Palestine or at the point of a gun in Iraq--the Bush Administration has come under attack for inconsistency and hypocrisy. Indeed, when our most critical ally in the war on terrorism, President Musharraf of Pakistan, gave himself dictatorial power for at least five years, that earned him but a few mild words of concern from the State Department.

The critics pounced. New Republic editor Peter Beinart assailed "the moral hypocrisy underlying America's demand for democracy in Palestine and Iraq" while "we simultaneously...

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