5. Kazakhstan was an ally in the Iraq invasion and is also strategically important. ==
So it wasn't about no "democracy" buyt about american interests. It is what I thought in first place.
American interests are what American foreign policy is about. Your complaint is not a new one. We hear this about American foreign policy in the Middle East and Latin America whenever we support less than democratic regimes.
What is more important in American foreign policy: protecting and projecting American interests or promoting democracy? I happen to think the former. It's nice if they coincide, but let's be realistic.
Cheney pointed out that Russia has backslid on democracy since Putin took office. True or not?
Do you mean to say that democracy is not in the interest of Russia?