That's the one where President Bush proclaimed that the freedom and prosperity of citizens in the U.S. depends on the freedom and democracy of other countries in the world.
But in two recent columns (and also his book "Silk Road to Ruin: Is Central Asia the New Middle East?"), writer Ted Rall argues that the Bush administration is turning a blind eye to human rights violations and anti-democratic practices in Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan in return for large (and largely untapped) natural gas and oil supplies, respectively.
Rall presents these facts in all their horrific detail and argues that the U.S. foreign policy now being directed towards these Central Asian countries mirrors that of the Middle East decades ago (which has lead to many of the problems we have there today). As appalling as it is that this is going on, it is even more appalling that Ted Rall is the only one who is reporting it. But that's the MSM for you.
However, I must confess my ignorance too, which is why I'll let the articles speak for themselves. You can read them in full below:
Bush props up another Saddam
How Dick Cheney spent his summer vacation