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Monday, May 31, 2004
 
Pay No Attention to the Man Behind the Curtain

So *who* is picking the PM and President of the "interim" Iraqi government that we are handing the reigns of power over to on June 30? The White House and the NeoCons says that its the Iraqi Governing Council. The NYTs says that its the White House. The Iraqi Governing Council says that it is both the White House and themselves. The one thing that is clear is that the UN envoy, Mr. Brahimi, appears to be nothing more than window dressing.

You decide....

NYTimes:
One person conversant with the negotiations said Mr. Brahimi was presented with 'a fait accompli' after President Bush's envoy to Iraq, Robert D. Blackwill, 'railroaded' the Governing Council into coalescing around [Allawi]."
Safire:
Iyad Alawi is the Acceptable Arab. At the Ambrosetti conference in Italy last year, he and Adnan Pachachi — a Sunni in his 80's close to the Saudi royals — were the only Iraqis present. They spent most of their time in close consultation with Amr Moussa, head of the Arab League. Pachachi, whose exile ended with our overthrow of Saddam, was overtly ungrateful to the Americans.

Alawi, however, was noncommittal, so I plonked myself next to him at lunch and asked who was going to run Iraq after the U.S. left. He said only "I have a real political organization in Iraq."
AP:
Iraqi Governing Council members accused American officials Monday of pressuring them to accept Washington's choice for Iraq (news - web sites)'s new president, prompting a delay in the announcement of a new government to take power from the U.S.-led coalition June 30.
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Most council members favor civil engineer Ghazi Mashal Ajil al-Yawer, 45, the current council president. The Americans are backing former foreign minister Adnan Pachachi, 81.
It seems pretty clear to me.


 
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