I think the last thing Iraq needs is democracy.
Yes, I've been pounding my shoe on the table in favor of democratizing Iraq for a couple years now. And when I say the last thing Iraq needs is democracy, I don't mean it shouldn't have it. I mean elections should be the last on a long list of priorities for Iraq.
In the United States we've fetishized democracy to the point where it means essentially "all good things." But this sentiment runs completely counter to the intent of the U.S. Constitution. The Founders were just as afraid of too much democracy