Slouching Toward Cairo

SLOUCHING TOWARD CAIRO….Here’s the latest from Mr. Democracy Promotion:

President Bush, wrapping up a series of visits with Arab leaders who are working to expand their economies but wary of relaxing their grip on power, on Wednesday praised Egypt as making progress toward “greater political openness.”

….He said the Egyptian leader had moved his nation toward “economic openness . . . and democratic reform.”

Look. I get it. Sometimes the realities of the world prevent you from being as plainspoken as you’d like to be. But this is just embarrassing. I thought we reserved this level of sucking up for countries with lots of oil.