LONDON -- British Foreign Secretary Douglas Hurd yesterday called Iraqi President Saddam Hussein "a bogus, puffed-up frog of a man" and said it would be difficult to have postwar dealings with him.
He echoed Secretary of State James A. Baker III's assessment: "It would be a heck of a lot easier if he wasn't there."
But Mr. Hurd, in testimony to the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee, insisted that the allied war aims had not been widened to imposing a new government on Iraq.
It was impossible, he said, to foresee who would be in control of Iraq once its forces were pushed out of Kuwait.
"There will be somebody there in charge. They may not be in complete charge, and we don't know who that somebody will be," said Mr. Hurd.
While the United States, Britain, France and other alliance members wanted a stake in any peace settlement because of their part in the war effort, Mr. Hurd said that "lasting" arrangements had to "be rooted in the countries they will serve."
Mr. Hurd recently toured the Persian Gulf states, urging the Arabs to produce their own suggestions for postwar peace and stability.
Members of Parliament were given their first battle report yesterday by Defense Secretary Tom King, who warned: "The news so far has been good. There may be days ahead when it is more difficult."
One of the few anti-war members of the House of Commons, Labor Party member Dennis Canavan, told Mr. King the United States, not the United Nations, was "calling all the shots" in the war and wanted to know "how many more young people must die before the politicians have the guts to tell the military to call a cease-fire."
Mr. King replied that a more pressing question was how many more young people must die before Kuwait was liberated.