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Bush / Middle East Democracy #782661

NBC Evening News for Tuesday, Mar 08, 2005
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(Studio: Brian Williams) Report introduced.

(White House: David Gregory) President Bush’s praise of the spread of democracy in the Middle East featured; details given of his discussion with French President Jacques Chirac about stabilizing Lebanon if Syria withdraws its troops. [BUSH – declares authoritarian rule is the last gasp of a discredited past.] [Georgetown University professor Daniel BRUMBERG†- says people in the Middle East do not agree on what democracy means.] [At the White House, former President Bill CLINTON – notes US troops are still needed in Iraq.]

(Studio: Brian Williams) Report introduced.

(Washington: Andrea Mitchell) The question of how much credit Bush deserves for the advance of democracy in the Arab world explored; statement from “Der Spiegel” quoted; details given of the impact of recent events in the Middle East, including Palestinian Authority president Yasir Arafat’s death & the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. [Foreign policy expert Danielle PLETKA†, Senator Christopher DODD†- say Bush’s policies have made a difference.] [January 31, on “The Daily Show,” comedian Jon STEWART†- jokes about imploding if Bush was right all along.] [Middle East expert Shibley TELHAMI†- says there was momentum before the Iraq war toward reform.]

Williams, Brian;
Gregory, David;
Mitchell, Andrea

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