Democratic revolution

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See also Global democratic revolution.

Neoconservative usage:

The term democratic revolution was employed in a November 6, 2003, speech at the National Endowment for Democracy by President George W. Bush who "went on the offensive ... [after facing] criticism over Iraq in the media and from political rivals."[1]

Jeffrey Donovan, writing on November 7, 2003, for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, said that "U.S. President George W. Bush painted himself in Reaganesque hues yesterday, declaring that a free Iraq will be a watershed event in a global democratic revolution in which dictatorships around the Middle East and elsewhere will crumble. He compared that to how communist regimes collapsed under the crush of Cold War pressure from the United States under former President Ronald Reagan."

"Bush likened the bid to encourage democracy in the Middle East and elsewhere to U.S. efforts under President Reagan to stifle Soviet communism. The stakes are as high for the United States now as they were then, Bush said. 'There is a great challenge today in the Middle East. In the words of a recent report by Arab scholars, the global wave of democracy has, and I quote, barely reached the Arab states.'"[2]

Other usages:

Mexico - Party of the Democratic Revolution

United States - Liberty Tree Foundation for the Democratic Revolution


  • "No woolier idea ever found its way into foreign policy than the premise that democracy will promote Middle East peace. Hezbollah's Hasan Nasrullah has laid a cuckoo's egg in the nest of US policy, conjuring up the specter of a terrorist democracy." --Spengler, Asia Times, March 15, 2005. [3]

SourceWatch Resources


  • Michael Ledeen, "Freedom Betrayed: How America Led a Global Democratic Revolution, Won the Cold War, and Walked Away" (October 1996).

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