John Bolton’s Views on Democracy and Egypt
To use his words, they’re “not pretty” (emphasis is mine):
Bolton recognized the Egyptian call for democracy, but questioned the administration’s answer. “We have some degree of optimism, we can recognize that many of the people are legitimately calling for liberty and democracy as we see it,” he said.
“But we know it is a responsibility of our government to protect our government and our friends and our allies,” he continued, “Never forget Theodore Roosevelt’s response: first and foremost we must make the world safe for ourselves.”
Recommending a “careful and prudent approach,” Bolton cautioned that “A democratic election can produce illiberal results. If you want to see what a Muslim Brotherhood looks like when it takes control, look at Hamas in the Gaza strip, it’s not pretty.”
“There is no guarantee that democratic forces can keep things moving in the right direction,” he warned.
The word “right” having a political as well as a directional connotation, obviously. Could his meaning be more clear?
As disappointing as Barack Obama’s presidency has been in so many ways, and as real and significant my concerns about many of the policies he has put in place (or kept in place, in some cases), I am immensely grateful that it’s HIM occupying the Oval Office right now, and not his predecessor.