You can bet this will fuel further speculation that the White House is planning an actual, for real, military coup in Iraq to install a puppet strongman - but for now the news is that Rep. Peter Hoekstra, the ranking Republican on the House Select Committee on Intelligence, has seriously wandered off the reservation.
Speaking during a taping of Michigan Public Television’s “Off the Record,” Hoekstra said in a Muslim country dominated by rival tribal factions, western-style democracy is not workable.It's always been the case that the hardline American Right wanted a puppet to advance their neocon ideology-based plans in the Middle east. But for a Senator to say he doesn't think another nation should have democracy? WTF?
“You’ve got a culture where democracy is not part of, ‘Let’s go there,’ ” Hoekstra said. ”It was a stretch.”
He said he met with Sunni tribal chiefs who hold politically sway in Iraq, and concluded, ‘They are not looking for a county commission to tell them what to do.”
But Hoekstra said he opposes setting a timetable for withdrawing U.S. troops. He said Congress and President George W. Bush must decide on a unified course of action that will stabilize Iraq, based on new intelligence reports and a much-anticipated September status report by the U.S. top commander in Iraq, Gen. David Petraeus.
To reach that consensus, Hoekstra said Bush should drop the notion of a democratic Iraq.