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George W. Bush, an unwitting nation builder

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... the entire American foreign policy establishment is promoting a strategy based on the need for the United States to be the hegemonic power, the Boss, the Man, in the Middle East. At the same time, the same administration led by its neoconservative ideologues is advancing a policy of democracy promotion and holding free elections in the Middle East, which runs contrary to its goal of establishing hegemony in the region. ...

... By promoting democracy in the Middle East and igniting the forces of nationalism, ethnicity, religion and tribes, or a mix of all of these, the Americans have made the Middle East safe for nationalism and radical, ethnic and religious identity. ...

... In Iraq, the elected coalition of Shiite clerics wants to reverse women's rights and give second-class citizenship to non-Muslims. And their goals of enhancing ties with the Shiite clerics in Tehran are hindering efforts to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons. One could make the argument that the election of a friendly Shiite government in Baghdad has strengthened the ability of the Iranians to resist Western pressure to discontinue its nuclear military program. At the same time, the election of the radical Hamas in Palestine would make it close to impossible for the Americans to revive whatever is still left from the Palestinian-Israeli peace process. It's a major blow to U.S. interests ...

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