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Press Conference: Spreading Democracy

President Bush said, the way to defeat terror is to spread democracy.

This week, however, former 9/11 Commission chairmen Thomas Kean and Lee Hamilton said President Bush isn’t moving fast enough to improve efforts to spread American values in the Muslim world. As Kean said, the United States is still perceived in the Middle East as a military enforcer. “We cannot continue to be the man in the tank — and that’s our image in the Arab world.” But although Bush appointed adviser Karen Hughes to lead this effort to spread democracy, for some reason, she’s not starting that new job until this fall.

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