David Frum's review of President Bush's speech to the AEI captures the President's detremination to bring democracy to the region -- in spite of the State Department. I liked the end:
"It was Bush all over: strategically bold, tactically cautious; gentle in tone, strong in content; carefully balanced between the innovative and the traditional. He didn't actually say the words 'Ahmed Chalabi' -- but short of that, it was masterful. And to deliver it at AEI -- the institution that began arguing for Arab democracy as the true solution to the troubles of the Middle East more than 20 years ago, back when Jacques Chirac was still a nuclear salesman for Saddam -- went beyond boldness to outright cheekiness. Huzzah and huzzah."