Yeah, brudda F_alk, it’s mutual.
Now, I dig your logic … and I would add simply that the people of the American nation either have to be for democracy, and this can only be universal democracy, or they have to be against it. Perhaps this Kaplan is using some seige mentality “warrior” reasoning that prefers to avoid messy things like differences of opinion between nations, in favor of having a nice, neat, manageable world where the US gets all the goodies while five billion other people can live under dictators and totalitarian regimes.
By the way, the biggest democracy, and arguably one of the most tolerant nation states in the world is India. (While much is made of Muslim-Hindu violence, many high offices are held by Muslims in this majority-Hindu land, for instance.) I’m sure it has been discussed in one of the forums around here, maybe on the one about the UN Security Council of the future.
Next door to India is our new best client state, Pakistan, where the US and the dictator are using each other to the utmost. Some day, he’s gonna go, and I would hope we spend the majority of our efforts there in the time between now and that day in building stronger relations with the Pakistani voices for democracy.