The true failure thus far has been the inability of the US foreign policy establishment to realize the unsustainable nature of alliances with undemocratic leaders in demographically and ideologically shifting countries.
A litmus test of democracy is civilian control of the military enshrined in the constitution and exercised through representative institutions, a test which to date no Arab state has passed. So how close is Tunisia now?
On Monday, Tunisian Prime Minister Mohamed Ghannouchi announced members of opposition parties would hold government positions for the first time. Democracy Now! spoke with four people about the Tunisian revolution.