Bush touts Arab spring

2012-05-15 22:47

Washington - Former President George W Bush on Tuesday praised the Arab spring movement and said the US should not fear the spread of freedom, even if it does not know what policies newly liberated countries will pursue.

"America does not get to choose if a freedom revolution should begin or end in the Middle East or elsewhere," Bush said. "It only gets to choose what side it is on."

And the US, Bush said, should always be on the side of freedom.

The former president remarks came at event marking the launch of his presidential institute's "Freedom Collection." The event also featured brief remarks by his wife, former first lady Laura Bush, and a question-and-answer session by video with Myanmar democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

Bush said uprisings last year in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and elsewhere marked the broadest challenge to authoritarian rule since the fall of the Soviet Union, but said some feared what that would mean for US foreign policy.

"America, they argue, should be content with supporting the flawed leaders they know, in the name of stability," he said. "But in the long run this foreign policy approach is not realistic. It is not realistic to presume that so-called stability enhances our national security."

Bush said the US also does not have the power to "preserve the old order, which is inherently unstable".

  • Lauden Kirk - 2012-05-15 22:55

    Talk of the devil

  • brian.connell.18 - 2012-05-16 07:36

    Yup - one terrorist to another ......

  • 2zbunu - 2012-05-16 08:02

    Its da first time in History that former US President talk sense. Gud shot Mr Bushwillows.

  • revaro.winkler - 2012-05-16 08:11

    now he can have more control over the oil whit his nephew obama devils

  • Craig - 2012-05-16 08:20

    Well said Mr Bush. Your legacy is there for all to see and more and more countries are freeing themselves from tyranny . Let us all hope that the excellent work you did in Africa results in the dictators being ejected and democratic choices are made by the oppressed on our continent. GW Bush, a great man and a true believer in freedom for all.

      Zenzile Tshanda - 2012-05-16 08:26

      where's there weapons of mass destruction he was looking for in Iraq?

      Matt - 2012-05-16 08:30

      I really hope that was sarcasm craig, if not, wow, just wow!

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-05-16 17:03

      Zenzile, are you not aware that Saddam Hussein gassed thousands of Iraqi Kurds?

  • Preshen - 2012-05-16 08:25

    I also grow a bush in winter

  • Jason - 2012-05-16 08:25

    When the bible talks of a talking burning bush... Could it be GW? I wouldn't lose any sleep if it was.

  • Tony Lapson - 2012-05-16 08:41

    Who is this "George W Bush"? Never heard of him.

  • braamc - 2012-05-16 08:41

    You Bush should be in jail

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-05-16 17:06

      You Abraham, should inform yourself about what crimes against humanity really are, and how the ICC functions. You should also inform yourself about the causes of hundreds of thousands of Iraqi deaths and maimings. A clue regarding the latter: not the US.

  • cyanideandhappiness - 2012-05-16 09:20

    After every terrible thing this man has done, you're still quoting him? Really?!

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-05-16 16:57

      Yes, George W Bush did some "terrible things" ,acually "very terrible things" But politics is full of ironi......!! Under his presidency, more aid came to Africa, than under any other US President. Not the slightest doubt, that this aid, fighting deceases , like hiv aids, and malaria, plus food aid, saved MILLIONS OF AFRICAN LIVES !!! Maybe hard to swallow, but it is the truth !!!!!

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-05-16 17:12

      What terrible things are you referring to exactly?

      nowicki1 - 2012-05-16 18:43

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-05-16 20:53

      Matt, again, you'd have far more credibility if you were at least as vocal about the obvious and abject human rights abuses being committed every day by Jihadists and the remaining oppressive regimes left in the world (aka Iran, Syria, Zimbabwe, North Korea, Russia, China). You're not. This makes your perspective unreliable and biased.

  • Michael - 2012-05-16 09:31

    Now watch this golf shot!!!1

  • Ikraam - 2012-05-16 09:33

    America has always had ulterior motives for every country they invaded....Securing OIL..... the latest with trying to catch Joseph Kony in Uganda who people say is dead, is move to get into Uganda's Huge Oil Reserves... By securing oil they secure there economy and because oil is traded on Dollars they come out smiling.

      Craig - 2012-05-16 11:06

      Yet America could always buy as much oil as it wanted without having to fight for it. Now America has recoverable reserves, within the continental USA, that is equal to all of the recoverable reserves in the rest of the world. Your comment is void of logic.

      Matt - 2012-05-16 11:29

      Craig go look up the petro dollar. You seem to know very little about the topic.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-05-16 17:07


      nowicki1 - 2012-05-16 18:49

      Oh aright Freddy.. I did the research for you: . Craig; "Now America has recoverable reserves, within the continental USA, that is equal to all of the recoverable reserves in the rest of the world. " Would love to see a source for this fantastic fact.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-05-16 20:56

      I was responding to Ikraam, not you Matt. But your source is hardly a world authority, now is it. Ikraam, do you have anything to say about the HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS of Muslims being slaughtered and maimed by the Jihadists and unelected dictators in your midst? Anything?

      nowicki1 - 2012-05-17 15:46

      Define "world authority". No it is from professors and scholars alike. You should read it.

  • ludlowdj - 2012-05-16 10:30

    Obviously the wizard didn't give Bush a brain, he still doesn't know what he is talking about.

      Craig - 2012-05-16 11:27

      So you think that the Arab Spring is a bad thing? What is wrong with GWB saying that just because you don't like what the Arab democrats choose doesn't mean they shouldn't be allowed to choose it?

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-05-16 17:13

      Well said Craig. Why wouldn't you agree with him on this Ludlow?

  • Craig - 2012-05-16 11:58

    Matt you need to think a little bit. Saying that America goes to war for oil is just silly. The US$ will always be the world's reserve currency as long as the USA continues to be economically powerful and that is not changing any time soon. It is not a reserve currency because America demands that it be so but because it is held in high esteem by the rest of the world. Even stupid, hateful, little Zimbabwe use it as their currency. What I see here is a fashionable hatred / dislike of America which is driven by jealousy basically and that is the fate of all who are successful. The absolute hatred of GWB is a product of the left/liberal media here pushing their revulsion at all things conservative rather than any policy failure on his part. Much is made over the Iraq war but the link between it and the Arab Spring is seldom made. America goes to war for ideological reasons. WWI, WWII, Cold War,Vietnam, Balkans, Grenada (on a tiny scale ), Libya , war on terror were all about ideology which is why so many on the left try and portray it as war for treasure. It is just not sustainable to argue that America goes to war for oil, or economic hegemony. Matt you would do well to take a better look at how the world works, and why, and so gain understanding of America's place in it. Far too often people characterize America as the world's policeman wheras in fact America is the world's lifeboat.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-05-16 17:09

      Agreed, except the part about the left/liberal media. Personally I don't like that division.

      nowicki1 - 2012-05-16 19:02

      Ah Craig I enjoyed the read. Do not fear that I am brainwashed by the liberals I dislike Obama as much as I find Bush an idiot, and they have something in common. Both are their to fulfil the agenda of the elite that brought them into power. I do not "dislike" America and I am far from jealous of it. But I see through the corruption it is drowning in much like many other nations, corrupt media, politicians, business practices etc etc. It is corrupt to the core. You really feel America is so immune to another depression? Did the 2008 crisis not make you aware of how fragile a debt based monetary system can be? Banks and corporations rule the world, politicians give you the illusion of freedom (and they lie, a lot). Cheers

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-05-16 20:57

      There is corruption in the US political system, no doubt about that. But to the core, no. That's where your dark biased comes in, and renders your perspective largely faulty.

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