LT has a great post on The west and our commitment to democracy or the lack there of.
Thing that keeps getting me is how ironic the American reaction to the wave of change in Arab World is. This is exactly the wave of popular upraising that the Bush Whitehouse was expecting from Iraq. Not just in Iraq but that Iraq would be come a Democratic Beacon and change would sweep the Arab world.
If course they were hoping it would be Iran not one of their long term ally. Still the Whitehouse should have had a plan for this, given the amount of money spent trying to engineer something like this.