Preparing for Democracy - The Washington Post 4 November 2002 "The Bush administration believes the time is ripe for democratic progress in the Arab world, and the State Department's invitation to Arab women from a dozen countries and the Palestinian territories is the first of a series of initiatives designed to smooth the way."
""It's important to look at the countries where there are impressive gains being made. Bahrain. Morocco. Qatar," Cheney said Saturday. "You see places where the leadership is grasping hold of the reality that political freedom and economic freedom are the key ingredients for joining the 21st century."