During a press conference today at the G8 summit in Russia, President Bush told President Vladimir Putin that Americans want Russia to develop a free press and free religion "like Iraq." To laughter and applause, Putin responded: "We certainly would not want to have same kind of democracy as they have in Iraq, quite honestly."
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One of the justifications for the War in Iraq was that we would establish a democracy in Iraq that would be a "shining light on the hill" to the rest of the region and to the world. One can only imagine how President Bush felt to hear foreign jeers of derision at his notion that a democracy is being established in Iraq that other nations might want to emulate.