Listening To The Radio
So Condi wants Congress to pony up tens of millions of dollars to help promote "democracy" in Iran.
First, Iran elects its president and parliament, which sort of makes it a democracy, as opposed to the autocratic rule of the Shah.
Afghanistan had elections and put it power a parliament of war lords and Islamic fundamentalists.
Egypt had elections and chose members of the Muslim Brotherhood, an Islamic fundamentalist group.
The Palestinians had an election and put Hamas, an Islamic fundamentalist group, in charge.
Iraq had elections and is forming a government of Shi'ia fundamentalists who are good buddies with Iran.
What Condi really wants is separation of mosque and state, but if she gets too strident about how religion has no place in the government of a nation, or its laws, she could run into trouble with the Religious Reich.
One of the problems in democracies is that people don't always do what you want them to do, and sometimes vote against their best interests, especially when religious leaders are involved in the process.