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Democracy Hypocrisy: Bush Praises Saudi Arabia’s New King

By Judd Legum on August 2, 2005 at 2:37 pm

"Democracy Hypocrisy: Bush Praises Saudi Arabia’s New King"

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President Bush, 6/14/05:

The best way to secure this country in the long run, though, is to spread democracy and freedom. We believe everybody deserves to be free. We believe everybody has a deep desire in their heart to live in a free society.

President Bush, 8/2/05:

On behalf of the United States, I congratulate my friend, King Abdallah bin Abd al-Aziz Al Saud, on assuming the Saudi throne and the position of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques. We wish Saudi Arabia peace and prosperity under his leadership. I have spoken today to the new King, and the United States looks forward to continuing the close partnership between our two countries.

If Bush is for democracy everywhere, why does he hope Saudi Arabia prospers under a monarchy?

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