Five years ago this month, President Bush stood in the Rose Garden and laid out a vision for the Middle East that included Israel and a state called Palestine living together in peace. … The takeover this week of the Gaza Strip by the Hamas militant group dedicated to the elimination of Israel demonstrates how much that vision has failed to materialize, in part because of actions taken by the administration. The United States championed Israel’s departure from the Gaza Strip as a first step toward peace and then pressed both Israelis and Palestinians to schedule legislative elections, which Hamas unexpectedly won. Now Hamas is the unchallenged power in Gaza.
Bush’s vision has always been predicated on “spreading democracy.” In November of 2003, he called for a “Forward Strategy of Freedom” to promote democracy in the Middle East. Countless times have we heard variation on the same theme: “Promoting democracy and freedom in the Middle East will be a massive and difficult undertaking, but it is worthy of America’s effort and sacrifice.”
So, Bush got his democracy, but not the result he wanted. Hamas won. And they’re winning still. This result being a distinct possibility was pointed out with regard to his horseshit “vision” from the moment it jumped from the starting gate, because people in the reality-based community don’t pretend that democracies always yield What America Wants.
I believe they were called traitors for their efforts.