"For the last 60 years, American administrations of both stripes — Democrat, Republican — traded what they thought was security and stability and turned a blind eye to the absence of democratic forces, to the absence of pluralism in the region. And out of that set of policies we got a situation that produced or helped produce al Qaeda and other extremist elements," she said. "That policy has changed."And she passed a PhD oral exam?
Rice said that the United States' Middle Eastern policy now focuses on supporting democratic change in the region.
Hamas won the Palestinian Legislative Election of 2006 in, what all agree, was a democratic election. (This did not suit Israel or the Bush administration and they immediately made efforts to subvert the results, such as cutting off aid and support to the people, including women and children.)
And in Lebanon itself:
Both participants and observers of the Cedar Revolution demonstrations have asked if the movement was influenced by recent local and regional events supporting democracy. Recent elections in Afghanistan, Iraq, and by the Palestinian Authority, a recent announcement that Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak will allow multiparty elections, and recent limited municipal elections in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, as well as the Orange Revolution in Ukraine, may have provided examples of movement toward democratic governance. (emphasis added)We see what support Dr. Rice is giving to the Cedar Revolution. She won't even think about leaving her paramour in St. Petersberg to try and stop the killing in Lebanon.