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GOP Hopeful Mike Huckabee Worried About “Cascading Effect” Of Democracy Across Middle East

11:07 pm - 02/01/2011

Former Arkansas governor and potential 2012 presidential contender Mike Huckabee seems alarmed that democracy might spread in the Middle East, based on what he said to FOX and Friends. Huckabee accused the Obama administration of abandoning Mubarak and turning on a friend.

[He] called in to Fox & Friends and discussed the situation in Egypt. He complained about the Obama administration’s response to the protests, saying that it showed that the United States has “abandoned a 30-year ally” and said that there are concerns that the protests “could have cascading effects across the Middle East.”

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danceprincess20 2nd-Feb-2011 04:51 am (UTC)
He and Anthony Wiener were on Geraldo the other day and after everything he'd say (oh no, extremists are going to take over), Weiner was like "Ah, not exactly realistic."
evildevil Mike Huckabee seems alarmed that democracy might spread in the Middle East2nd-Feb-2011 04:53 am (UTC)
yes, how irresponsible of Obama's part for allowing for this to happen...
danceprincess20 Re: Mike Huckabee seems alarmed that democracy might spread in the Middle East2nd-Feb-2011 04:55 am (UTC)
Apparently Glen Beck's line has been that Obama's Cairo speech must be responsible. Or something.
schexyschteve 2nd-Feb-2011 04:55 am (UTC)
REPUBLICANS' TRUE COLORS! Democracy is bad, y'all.
louisadkins 2nd-Feb-2011 10:03 am (UTC)
But, of course, they support the idea of a Republic. They, the rich bastards in power, make the rules and everyone else lives and dies by them.
jugglingeggs Re: roffles2nd-Feb-2011 04:58 am (UTC)
No silly, that was for the oil....

...oh wait did I say that out loud?
holdyourdevil 2nd-Feb-2011 04:56 am (UTC)
jugglingeggs 2nd-Feb-2011 04:56 am (UTC)
And here I thought its the Republicans who love to go on and on about how the Middle East hates Democracy, and that's why all of them hate America?

Once again I am left puzzled by what their stance on anything is.

Also Huckabee....for goodness sake STFU and STFD
schexyschteve 2nd-Feb-2011 04:58 am (UTC)
I think their stance is Bait and Switch.
rhodanum 2nd-Feb-2011 04:59 am (UTC)
Cue collective shouts of 'ooga, booga, ISLAMISM!'

Seriously, though. I'm damned tired of this particular discussion point being brought up again and again (because it's clear to me that it's not 'democratization' he's railing against over here).

One: this is an incredibly diverse movement, with people of all ages, political beliefs and grades of religiosity. Two: so far, there's been very little in the way of anti-secularist discourse (what we've been getting is mostly anti-American discourse that's plenty justified, especially when you're holding in your hands weapons with 'Made in the USA' printed on them!)

Three: The Muslim Brotherhood will quite likely become a significant political actor in what's to come, but they're not tripping all over themselves in order to seize power. Whether this is due to caution learned over thirty years if repression or genuine disinterest in having the burden of governance hoisted on their shoulders remains to be seen. Regardless, they've firmly thrown in their support for Mohamed ElBaradei right now, who is very much a moderate, safe candidate in the West's eyes.

Four: Regardless of what eventually happens, the Egyptians have the right to chart their own political course -- even if that course means hitting hurdles, making mistakes or choosing things that the West doesn't immediately agree with. This is what almost every single protester out in Tahrir has been saying over the past few days -- both devout Muslims and secular individuals.

EDIT: Silly typos.

Edited at 2011-02-02 05:01 am (UTC)
imagines 2nd-Feb-2011 05:18 am (UTC)
because it's clear to me that it's not 'democratization' he's railing against over here

Dude, didn't you hear? It's like, international law or something that only Decent Christian Nations can have democracy!

All jokes aside--yes, this, absolutely everything you said. Does Huckabee just stick his fingers in his hears and go LALALA I CAN'T HEAR YOU?
lickety_split 2nd-Feb-2011 05:01 am (UTC)
There is a show called Fox & Friends?
stepsolightly 2nd-Feb-2011 05:20 am (UTC)
Yes, I used to have a home care client who would watch it every day. It alternated between conservative news segments and human interest stories that occasionally had sexist/ableist/racist fail.
winniechili 2nd-Feb-2011 05:04 am (UTC)
Haven't Republicans spent the last 30 fucking years telling us how FUCKAWESOME!!!!!!! democracy is and that everyone should have it?
imagines 2nd-Feb-2011 05:06 am (UTC)
It is your excess of exclamation points that made me die laughing just now. I commend you with a sticky gold star.
imagines 2nd-Feb-2011 05:05 am (UTC)
abandoned a 30-year ally


so Republicans only like to ~spread democracy~ when they can do it themselves, as in the shining examples of Iraq and Afghanistan?

i c
baked_goldfish 2nd-Feb-2011 05:13 am (UTC)
It's actually kind of hilarious to watch the GOP response to this. Half of them are saying it's ~Bush's Legacy in the ME, the other half are Chicken Littling it up.
aguafiestas 2nd-Feb-2011 05:15 am (UTC)
Well, considering the U.S.'s history of supporting mass-murdering tyrants whenever it suits us...

jetaimerai 2nd-Feb-2011 05:20 am (UTC)
lol, does the GOP even have a platform beyond "OPPOSE EVERYTHING THAT OBAMA/~LIBRULS~ SUPPORT" anymore?
imagines 2nd-Feb-2011 05:24 am (UTC)
waaaait. lightbulb. you think we could legalize same-sex marriage nationwide if we get all of the Dems to say HEY BTW WE WERE KIDDING, WE ACTUALLY HATE THE GAYS?

reverse psychology!!! I think it is the way of the future.
bord_du_rasoir 2nd-Feb-2011 05:22 am (UTC)
"The concern is the two neighbors with whom they have peace accords, Egypt and Jordan, if those governments are destabilized and worse, fall into the hands of radical groups, it really leaves Israel with no border whatsoever."


Huckabee Worried About "Cascading Effect" Of Destabilized Governments Leading to Radical Group Takeovers

"Huckabee Worried About “Cascading Effect” Of Democracy"
honeymane 2nd-Feb-2011 05:30 am (UTC)
These groups are only radical in so far that they'd like to vote and such.
imagines 2nd-Feb-2011 05:23 am (UTC)
p.s. is it just me or is Mike's last name still the funniest goddamn thing?

I mean



heeeeee :D
rhodanum 2nd-Feb-2011 05:30 am (UTC)

Thank you -- just made me choke on my morning coffee. XD
doe_witch 2nd-Feb-2011 05:35 am (UTC)
lol, democracy, who wants that shit anyway.
othellia 2nd-Feb-2011 05:39 am (UTC)
Oh Mick Huckabee...

Just shut the fuck up and go away.
13oct 2nd-Feb-2011 05:46 am (UTC)
ah... one of those comments which makes you look at Huckabee and go ok your handler really screwed up this morning didn't he.

*sighs* Just when you think that they can't get any dumber...
izelmecatl 2nd-Feb-2011 06:09 am (UTC)
I just...what?
beoweasel 2nd-Feb-2011 06:35 am (UTC)
He complained about the Obama administration’s response to the protests, saying that it showed that the United States has “abandoned a 30-year ally” and said that there are concerns that the protests “could have cascading effects across the Middle East.”

Okay, genius, given you're criticizing the administration's response to the events in Egypt, how would you handle it?
jessebaker Mike wants mass murder2nd-Feb-2011 08:48 am (UTC)
Murder the protesters in cold blood, IN HUGE NUMBERS ON THE STREETS. Mike would want the protesters killed off in a violent show of force and for the dictator to use the unrest to arrest and imprison for life ALL critics and rivals and do away with pesky elections as far.

mollywobbles867 2nd-Feb-2011 06:39 am (UTC)
WTF is wrong with him?
krazykat88 2nd-Feb-2011 07:10 am (UTC)
So when the(mostly) republicans talk about "Bringing democracy to the rest of the world"
What they *actually* mean is that they support -pseudo-democracy-that-protects-US-interests. as opposed to actual by the people/for the people democracy.

unaccompanied_g 2nd-Feb-2011 10:48 am (UTC)
alarmed that democracy might spread in the Middle East

what is this I don't even

REPUBLICANS: SAVING YOU FROM THAT HORRIBLE, HORRIBLE DEMOCRACY! After all, it's only, uh, two letters away from demonocracy!

I think this post needs a 'LOOK AT YOUR LIFE. LOOK AT YOUR CHOICES.' gif.
valkeakuulas 2nd-Feb-2011 11:15 am (UTC)
I have a very hard time believing him when he says the general consensus with the EU parliament members is concern of US abandoning Europe as an ally. He's got to be making that up.
valkeakuulas 2nd-Feb-2011 11:18 am (UTC)
Or.. wait, is he talking about how EU people feel US is abandoning Israel? That's got to be it.
ubiquitous_a I, for one, welcome our new feline overlords.2nd-Feb-2011 04:25 pm (UTC)

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