Here are two stories that are interesting for several reasons:
Lebanon's pro-Syrian PM resigns
Egypt takes step toward free elections
The first story is great news, while the second is sort of so-so ... more reforms are needed in Egypt. But hey, it's a first step. Be sure to read both articles if you haven't already.
Here's the question as concerns U.S. politics -- what will the conservative reaction to these stories be? So far it has been tempered, to say the least. If they start to trumpet this news and call it great for the world, then good. After all, our President has stated that his top foreign-policy goal is to spread democracy in the Middle East.
If, however, the reaction continues to be as tepid as it has been, then one might begin to wonder about their true motives. One could be excused for suspecting that Bush's true motives are less about freeing oppressed people and more about securing oil reserves. Or, as the Ironic Times so eloquently put it:
Last week, in a story about President Bush's goals for his second term, we quoted him as saying: “My top priority is to recapture the Holy Land from the Muslims.” In fact, he said: “My top priority is to spread democracy in the Middle East.” We apologize for the error.