In the WaPo article "As Democracy Push Falters, Bush Feels Like a 'Dissident' " on August 21, Peter Baker covers only one set of critics of Bush's policy towards the two Palestinian groups, Hamas and Fatah. Hamas won the election that the White House decided to call for, "...critics saw it as proof that the president's democracy agenda was dangerously naive. They were saying, 'We told you so.' " Neither I nor anybody I knew saw the President's policy as naive. Instead, we waited and watched and, just as we expected, President Bush did nothing to try and work with Hamas. What this told us was that the democratization policy was a fake, was that democratization was a very skimpy window dressing on a policy designed to seize Mideast oil resources.
If we agree that Bush was serious about democratization, then the problem becomes obvious. Bush took advice from far too narrow a group. He only took advice from people who agreed with him on just about everything, meaning his ideas never got a real discussion from people who genuinely disagreed. As a direct result, his policies never survived their first collision with reality.