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John Bolton: Mideast Democracy Programs Don't Get Job Done

Thursday, 02 Jan 2014 08:52 PM

By Greg Richter

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The White House recently told aid groups it is cutting funds for pro-democracy aid programs in Arab Spring countries, but John Bolton, the former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, says those programs do little good anyway.

"I don't think America's going to advance its interests by going out to the Middle East or, frankly, anywhere else and 'learning them some democracy out there,'" Bolton said Thursday on Fox News Channel's "On the Record with Greta Van Susteren."

While Bolton said he doesn't oppose aid for promoting democracy, he sees the best form of aid as bringing people from less-developed countries to the United States to give them training. It could be military training or teaching them agricultural sciences, he said.

"The way to explain the way a real democracy works is to give them exposure to us, not sending a 30-year-old out to teach them principles of democracy," he said.

Democracy, he said, is not just about holding elections and counting votes.

"It's cultural. It's a way of life," he said.

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