Democratic Or Pro-American?

Greg Scoblete asks what happens if those categories are mutually exclusive:

As I said earlier, it's very difficult to be an honest proponent of Middle East democracy and an advocate for perpetual American hegemony in the region. The emergence of true democracies is likely to reorient the geopolitics of the region in a manner that the staunchest hegemonists would sharply disapprove of. I wonder which aspiration they'll jettison first.

Larison greatly expands upon that thought.