... In fact, if you look at the recent record, the picture is not at all encouraging. The United States has intervened, in one way or another, in Haiti, Somalia, Bosnia, Kosovo, Afghanistan and Iraq in recent years, and not one of those nations is a functioning democracy yet. Yes, it's going to take some time in places like Afghanistan, which just held elections, and Iraq, which is about to hold them. It's too soon to judge. But the difficulties and complexities of dealing with a different culture and a history that we don't always understand are daunting. You don't have to look any further than today's headlines in Iraq.

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