Alright, you might not have missed this, but speaking of Kevin Spacey's character, here's his entire speech in one handy place:
"Democracy? Democracy… Democracy is not what these people need--hell, it's not even what they want. America's been trying to install democracies in nations for a century, and it hasn't worked one time. These nations don't have the most basic building blocks to support a democracy. Little things, like: we ought to be tolerant of those that disagree with us. We ought to be tolerant of those who worship a different God than us. That a journalist ought to be able to disagree with the president. And you think that you can just march into these countries based on some fundamentalist, religious principles, drop a few bombs, topple a dictator and start a democracy? Give me a break.
"People don't want freedom. They want boundaries, rules, protection from invaders and from themselves. People need a leader who can give them both the support and the constraints to keep chaos at bay. You give them that, and they'll follow. And that's where I come in."