If you wanted to support democracy in the Arab world, why did you begin with your enemies instead of your friends? Why Iraq and Iran? Why not us?
A must read. As a progressive and a fan of Karl Popper, I’ve long felt that the right way to spread freedom is by binding US trade policy to economic and social reforms. Any and all free trade agreements with the US should include demands for government openness, human rights and labor rights. Sadly, this has not been the case. From Tunisia to Russia to China, we’ve favored cheap labor, tax dodges and easy access to oil above all foreign policy goals.
It is painful to think of what we could have done to promote democracy if we didn’t go to Iraq.