Before we get too caught up in the capture of a dictator we (the U.S.) supported for decades, let's take a tally of the others still in our (the U.S.) favor.
In two fine speeches recently, President Bush made it clear that autocratic regimes in the Middle East, including U.S. allies Egypt and Saudi Arabia, need internal reforms to stop churning out terrorists. Somehow, though, he forgot to mention Azerbaijan and Uzbekistan.
If the president's ratings go up based on the recent capture of a former ally now out of favor, should that be considered a mandate to terminate relations with these others? Or does the administration itself suffer from "moral relativism"?