You're hanging your moral hat (and raison de even) on the last thread you have: it's about democracy and the imperative of defending it that's at stake. It doesn't matter whether it's an Arab dictatorship or authoritarian regime or an Arab democracy, or a Turkish democracy, or a royal fiefdom, or a Muslim oligarchy - or a European country. It doesn't matter what form it takes, we're rejected, if not detested as conquers of their brethren or of a weaker people, or both. The bottom line is that the cards are lining up against us. And we shouldn’t think the U.S. will let itself go down with us, sooner or later, they are going to quit us. We have to compromise, and yes give up a lot…and we need to do it sooner than later.
from the article: One doesn't boycott the only free society in the Mideast