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Saturday, April 10, 2004
 
June 30, no matter what.
What is up with that? Are the troops coming home in time for the 4th of July? Is the "unrest" going to stop once the provisional government has taken charge? ("Oh crap, Abdul, we were all set to blow up the Hotel Baghdad and three convoys tomorrow, but now the Provisional Government is in charge. Cancel everything.")

The only thing that seems to make any sense is that the Bushites want to get their hand-picked boys "legitimized" as the acting government before they're forced to run screaming to the UN for help in stabilizing the situation. That way the UN will be unable to easily justify allowing the Iraqis to just pick their own form of government since they will already "have" one.

I'll bet they were hoping to get through several months after the transition before inviting the UN in, just to make it look good. The way things are going, they'll have to make the request within days of the handoff, and even that might be too late.

The things we do for oil. Sigh.
 
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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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