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Friday, August 24, 2007

Their guy said this

Looks like we could wind up with 435 separate opinions on what to do in Iraq. Republican Pete Hoekstra of Michigan thinks democracy cannot work there:
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.
It's time that Congress stepped up to the plate. And it should take responsibility. Plus it should stand on its own two feet. If they don't, we should withdraw 5,000 troops from Capitol Hill by Columbus Day.

Face it, we're screwed. Nobody knows what they're doing. Even staying on message is impossible now, because nobody in either party knows what the message is supposed to be.

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