One aspect of American Exceptionalism has been support for democritization and human rights throughout the world. Our President has stepped away from this view: "I believe in American exceptionalism, just as I suspect that the Brits believe in British exceptionalism and the Greeks believe in Greek exceptionalism." But it seems that other Western leaders agree with the President, and it seems to coincide with a view that, ultimately, Afghanistan may be more authoritarian than democratic. Here is an interesting, short, article from Eurasianet, about upcoming elections in Central Asia. "The quiet international response to Tajikistans electoral process is prompting some to suggest the United States and the European Union are growing fatigued with democratization in Central Asia. ... a western diplomat said on condition of anonymity. "Why spend money on an electoral process that is pre-determined? In essence, assisting in pre-election efforts now with the close collaboration of the CEC would be tantamount to aligning oneself with the regime," the diplomat said. And beyond the money issue, the deteriorating security situation in Afghanistan is prompting foreign officials and observers to "prefer a stable, rather than a democratic Central Asia," the diplomat suggested." EurasiaNet Civil Society - Tajikistan: Is the West Showing Signs of Democratization Fatigue?