I would say that somebody (Bush or Ayad Allawi’s lobbyists) has gotten to Bushwar loyalist Peter Hoekstra; and it looks bad for Nouri al Maliki.
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.
“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.
Hoekstra is an important Bush ally and member of the Intelligence Committee. I would imagine that this is the handwriting on the wall for the elected officials of Iraq. The timeline for the upcoming “coup” is probably sometime shortly after the so called “Petraeus” report in September.
Bush’s flimsy “spreading democracy” policy has been a sham from the beginning. Coups are much more in keeping with the Bush mentality.
Of course, most people don’t tie many knots these days, what with tape, velcro, cam buckles, etc.
But there are many useful knots, and at this site you can see them tied in animation. One of the best knots is the trucker’s hitch, tied with a sliding hitch… good for tying things on top of your vehicle. And of course everyone should know how to tie a bowline.
The Cheney/Bush administration’s war of words on Iran continues, amid more speculation concerning a US military attack.
From the Guardian UK:
Iran’s willingness to answer questions about its nuclear program will not save it from new U.N. sanctions, a U.S. envoy said Wednesday, describing Tehran’s new openness as an attempt to deflect “attention from its … bomb-making capabilities.”
The remark by Gregory L. Schulte, chief U.S. delegate to the International Atomic Energy Agency, drew criticism from some diplomats, who suggested that Washington was trying to derail important progress in the Iranian nuclear negotiations in its drive to impose new U.N. penalties.
The IAEA’s 35-nation board will meet next month to discuss Iran, and the conflicting views suggest the meeting could see Washington and its closest allies clash with countries less hawkish on Iran.
Iran and the Vienna-based IAEA – the U.N. nuclear watchdog – said Tuesday they had agreed on a timetable for Tehran to respond to lingering questions over its controversial nuclear activities.
….State Department spokesman Gonzalo Gallegos said the United States believed the council “must move forward as soon as possible with additional sanctions.”
Two diplomats and a U.N. official familiar with the Iran-IAEA timetable disagreed, however, saying substantial progress was being made in lifting the veil of Iran’s nuclear secrecy. All spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the issue with the media.
“This appears to be a deliberate (U.S.) campaign to derail the process,” said one of the diplomats. “It is dangerous to dismiss it before even having seen the details.”
John Warner’s solution to Iraq: tug on Bush’s sleeve to get 5,000 troops brought home for a cheery Christmas meal.
I would suggest that Warner would be most effective if he put on his rags and banged his tin cup on the front gates of the White House.
Republican lobbyists with close ties to the Bush administration are aiding and supporting the efforts of an Iraqi opposition leader who is calling for the ouster of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.
The anti-Maliki crusader is former Iraqi interim prime minister Ayad Allawi, and the Washington firm retained to spearhead U.S.-focused efforts on his behalf is the Republican powerhouse group of Barbour, Griffith, and Rogers (BGR).
BGR International’s president is Robert Blackwill, the one-time White House point man on Iraq, holding the title of Presidential Envoy to Iraq in 2004.
Blackwill worked closely during that time with Allawi, who was appointed Iraq’s interim prime minister with the U.S. government’s blessing.
IraqSlogger has learned BGR’s work for Allawi includes the August 17 purchase of the Web site domain Allawi-for-Iraq.com.
In recent days, BGR sent hundreds of e-mail messages in Allawi’s name from the e-mail address DrAyadAllawi@Allawi-for-Iraq.com.
UPDATE: Glenn Greenwald probes BGR’s slimy campaign to put Allawi into power.
From Democracy Arsenal:
Ten minutes after the President’s speech ended yesterday 40 reporters from many of the key mainstream media outlets got on a press call sponsored by the National Security Network with with General John Johns, General Robert Gard, Rand Beers, Larry Korb and Steven Simon (Of the hated Council on Foreign Relations). For over an hour these experts took the time to explain to the press why the President’s comparison to Vietnam was bull.Afterward a press release with a summary of their comments went out to reporters and editorial boards across the country. The comments were all over the MSM yesterday as the main response to the President’s speech. See AP, WSJ, NY Times, to name just a few. Try google news on any one these five guys and you will find that just about every major media outlet had a quote from them in the Bush’s speech story saying how the President’s Vietnam analogy was wrong.
These stories don’t write themselves. There is a reason the speech got trashed yesterday by the media and the clerisy had a great deal to do with that.
I’m not saying the clerisy is always right. There are many problems. But in this case they did exactly what they were supposed to do ….