The tyranny doctrine

By Danielle Pletka and Michael Rubin, DANIELLE PLETKA and MICHAEL RUBIN are, respectively, vice president for defense and foreign policy and resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute.
May 26, 2006.

From Tripoli to Beijing, President Bush has abandoned his bold pledge to support democracy.

LAST WEEK, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice announced resumption of full U.S. diplomatic relations with Libya, citing Tripoli’s renunciation of terrorism and intelligence cooperation. This ends a quarter-century diplomatic freeze. It also marks an effective end to the Bush doctrine.

At his second inauguration, President Bush declared: “The survival of liberty in our land increasingly depends on the success of liberty in other lands. The best hope for peace in our world is the expansion of freedom in all the world.”

Since that soaring pronouncement, the Bush administration has watched Egypt abrogate elections, ignored the collapse of the so-called Cedar Revolution in Lebanon and abandoned imprisoned Chinese dissidents; now Washington is mulling a peace treaty with Stalinist North Korea. (Read this article on this page of

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