Country X is a democracy. So is Country Y. The democratically elected legislature of Country X makes a decision that the military of Country Y does not like. In response, a defense minister of Country Y expresses displeasure that the military of Country X was not more “forceful” in bending the rest of the government to its will–hint hint. The defense minister essentially endorses a military coup in the other democracy.
If it were within your power to decide, this defense minister would:
a) Lose his job immediately for his betrayal of democratic values.
b) Receive a firm rebuke from the President, who forces the defense minister to apologize and retract his anti-democratic sentiments.
c) Receive gushing praise from you and your fellow conservatives, because, when it comes down to it, “democracy” is just a word, and you don’t really give a shit about it.
I predict that President Bush will answer “c,” but not quite in those words.