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WP: Analysts Note Gap Between Bush Rhetoric And Reality
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Close Ties With Repressive Governments Are Cited

President Bush's soaring rhetoric yesterday that the United States will promote the growth of democratic movements and institutions worldwide is at odds with the administration's increasingly close relations with repressive governments in every corner of the world.

Some of the administration's allies in the war against terrorism -- including Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and Uzbekistan -- are ranked by the State Department as among the worst human rights abusers. The president has proudly proclaimed his friendship with Russian President Vladimir Putin while remaining largely silent about Putin's dismantling of democratic institutions in the past four years. The administration, eager to enlist China as an ally in the effort to restrain North Korea's nuclear ambitions, has played down human rights concerns there, as well.


Kenneth Roth, executive director of Human Rights Watch, was struck by the fact that Bush mentioned "liberty" repeatedly but did not use the phrase "human rights" as an overriding goal.

"The decision to speak in terms of liberty instead of human rights was deliberate," Roth said. "Liberty is an abstract concept, but human rights bind everyone, including the Bush administration. It's easy to say I'm for liberty but difficult to say I'm for human rights when he's overseeing what we know is a conscious policy of coercive interrogation, including inhuman treatment and sometimes torture."

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  -WP: Analysts Note Gap Between Bush Rhetoric And Reality kskiska  Jan-20-05 11:01 PM   #0 
  - Right after the speech ended,  NYC   Jan-20-05 11:13 PM   #1 
  - HA!  renaissanceguy   Jan-21-05 03:34 AM   #18 
  - "soaring rhetoric" is way too much of a stretch....  diamond14   Jan-20-05 11:41 PM   #2 
  - When has he ever stayed true to his word?  renaissanceguy   Jan-21-05 03:35 AM   #19 
  - "The enemy of my enemy'  Seldona   Jan-20-05 11:45 PM   #3 
  - It's not a gap, it's an ocean and furthermore  fshrink   Jan-20-05 11:51 PM   #4 
  - exactly, the novlang of dictatorship  teryang   Jan-21-05 05:56 AM   #27 
  - The Daily Show...  AuntiBush   Jan-20-05 11:52 PM   #5 
  - did you catch the Wal-Mart bit?  MnFats   Jan-21-05 01:16 AM   #10 
  - It is called...lying....about killing...and stealing...and torturing.  JohnOneillsMemory   Jan-21-05 12:08 AM   #6 
  - It was used to reiterate a false justification for invading Iraq  renaissanceguy   Jan-21-05 03:37 AM   #20 
  - It ain't working  dusty64   Jan-21-05 07:05 AM   #30 
     - SUPPORT BUSH'S WAR  DUBYASCREWEDUS   Jan-21-05 09:20 AM   #34 
        - Please! Get it right! It's "SUPPORT BUSH'S WARS"!  TahitiNut   Jan-21-05 09:54 AM   #37 
           - Two things accomplished: Emptying the budget and polarizing the masses.  JohnOneillsMemory   Jan-21-05 04:06 PM   #44 
              - There are two things I can take as givens.  TahitiNut   Jan-21-05 04:24 PM   #45 
  - Hr really does want to be KING and rule the world!  napi21   Jan-21-05 01:05 AM   #7 
  - Perhaps bush fancies himself as Icarus, who boasted to fly to the sun.  Straight Shooter   Jan-21-05 01:12 AM   #8 
  - Be careful with THAT hammer!  kgfnally   Jan-21-05 01:52 AM   #14 
  - I hate to do this but.....  jasop   Jan-21-05 01:13 AM   #9 
  - That's what the comparisons are all about.  kgfnally   Jan-21-05 01:56 AM   #15 
  - The inaugural farce today was ....  jasop   Jan-21-05 02:04 AM   #16 
  - The neocons' actions have supremacist undertones.  renaissanceguy   Jan-21-05 03:39 AM   #21 
  - I call it America--flirting with fascism--eom  lawladyprof   Jan-21-05 10:21 AM   #39 
  - The comparison is quite apt and can't be stated enough  Enraged_Ape   Jan-21-05 05:44 AM   #25 
  - Do you want total freedom? -nt-  MHalblaub   Jan-21-05 11:40 AM   #42 
  - They are operating from the same play book. How many times have you heard  leesa   Jan-21-05 10:31 AM   #41 
  - TORTURE - R- US(A)  LynnTheDem   Jan-21-05 01:22 AM   #11 
  - Plus, the U.S. government supports torture now, both at home and away  daleo   Jan-21-05 01:24 AM   #12 
  - It's a nice mask.  renaissanceguy   Jan-21-05 03:42 AM   #23 
  - While, I am wholeheartedly in favor of this article  Cats Against Frist   Jan-21-05 01:45 AM   #13 
  - I have a problem with the article  renaissanceguy   Jan-21-05 03:40 AM   #22 
  - Its news to some people  UL_Approved   Jan-21-05 05:34 AM   #24 
  - It's really not Bush's grasp, it's the corporate plutocrats,  teryang   Jan-21-05 05:59 AM   #28 
     - And Bush is the figurehead, I know  UL_Approved   Jan-21-05 06:09 AM   #29 
  - Answer to B  Southpaw Bookworm   Jan-21-05 10:02 AM   #38 
  - Who cares what the analysts note.  peterh   Jan-21-05 03:20 AM   #17 
  - Freedom replaces Terror  sfexpat2000   Jan-21-05 05:49 AM   #26 
  - Right!  Dhalgren   Jan-21-05 08:17 AM   #31 
  - Time to purge the State Dept.  Mandate My Ass   Jan-21-05 08:30 AM   #32 
  - Ny Daily news cover captures the threat:  robbedvoter   Jan-21-05 08:33 AM   #33 
  - I thought this Newsday cover was bizzare...  WannaJumpMyScooter   Jan-21-05 09:47 AM   #36 
  - He basically admitted to wanting more wars!  greyXstar   Jan-21-05 09:37 AM   #35 
  - Very astute! These guys don't get paid for this, do they?  leesa   Jan-21-05 10:29 AM   #40 
  - He exchanges terror with tyranny.  MHalblaub   Jan-21-05 12:27 PM   #43 
  - "Analysts Note Gap Between Condi's Front Teeth" nt  mutus_frutex   Jan-21-05 04:43 PM   #46 
  - One thing that I have yet to see mentioned here is the  Gonnabuymeagun   Jan-21-05 09:27 PM   #47 
  - Whatever psychotropic drug W is taking, I want some.  obiwan   Jan-22-05 02:59 AM   #48 

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