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Byline: JOSEPH GUINTO
The U.S. has embarked on a new policy to democratize the Middle East, and the birth of democracy in Iraq would be a "watershed event in the global democratic revolution," President Bush said Thursday in a major foreign policy address in Washington.
"Iraqi democracy will succeed, and that success will send forth the news from Damascus to Tehran that freedom can be the future of every nation," Bush said.
Speaking before the National Endowment for Democracy, a publicly funded group that promotes democracy worldwide, Bush insisted his new "forward strategy for freedom," which began with the Iraq war, is vital to U.S. security.
"As long as the Middle East …