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Saturday, February 21, 2004
 
Things are getting tangled up in Iraq.
Bremer announced that the power handoff will take place on schedule, on June 30....but the kooky Caucus system won't be used....and elections won't be possible for up to 15 months due to "technical issues".

So, who's going to run Iraq after June 30? The Iraqi Governing Council? Even they have serious misgivings about that. Not to mention the Shiites and Kurds. Sistani is willing to wait a little longer for direct elections, but not 15 months. The Kurds are willing to wait a little longer, but also not 15 months. It seems that the only major group willing to wait is the Sunnis. No surprise there.

The funny thing is that once the "handover of power" takes place, you can bet that July and August will be filled with Bush campaign rhetoric boasting about how the US has returned "sovereignty" to Iraq and its people. Except, of course, for the 120,000 US occupation troops who will continue to get picked off at the rate of a few per week.

The Administration will be sweating blood over whether the Shiite/Kurd axis is going to blow the whole situation wide open before November. Surely this hard and fast handover date isn't being driven by US presidential election politics, is it?
 
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“There’s a lot of money to pay for this that doesn’t have to be U.S. taxpayer money, and it starts with the assets of the Iraqi people…and on a rough recollection, the oil revenues of that country could bring between $50 and $100 billion over the course of the next two or three years…We’re dealing with a country that can really finance its own reconstruction, and relatively soon.” -Paul Wolfowitz

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