The liberal hawks firmly believed that the Iraq war was both a humanitarian intervention and an important front in the "war on terrorism," even if they made no secret of their distrust of the Administration waging it. Bizarrely, the liberal hawks continue to advance their approach as a radical Democratic alternative to Republican policies.
Controversy over the Iraq war extends beyond the issue weapons of mass destruction. Some argue it is justified as a war against Islamic fascism. Others, however, believe it has strengthened exactly what we were setting out to oppose—an alliance between the forces of radical Arab nationalism and those of radical Sunni Islamism and terrorism.
President Bush has suggested that other nations follow the example of Libya, which ended links with terrorist groups and surrendered weapons of mass destruction and delivery systems. But there is a second lesson: The United States will forgo its declared interest in democratization if a country takes positive security-related steps and has enough petroleum to offer.
Anti-corruption policies in Eastern European states were the product of the changing politics of international trade and international financial institutions after the fall of the Soviet Union. Governments have not made these policies a top priority because public perception is generally unresponsive to anti-corruption gains.
A discussion meeting with Dr. Joomart Otorbaev, Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Affairs of the Kyrgyz Republic regarding the current state of the economic reforms of the Kyrgyz Republic.