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Monday, May 03, 2004
 
Well. That didn't take long, did it?
The US has decided to put Fallujah in the hands of someone who pays more attention to the script:
"...Their initial choice, who outraged victims of Saddam's regime because of past service in his feared Republican Guard, said he was stepping aside, leaving command of the new Falluja Brigade to former intelligence officer Mohammed Latif.

Latif was said by U.S. military and Iraqi officials to have anti-Saddam credentials...The Marines are hoping the new Falluja Brigade, predominantly made up of former members of Saddam's military, will crush 2,000 rebels and root out perhaps 200 foreign militants..."
So a local ex-Saddam supporter was removed due to "outrage"; replaced by a former intelligence officer with "anti-Saddam" credentials.

How does one get to be in the Iraqi intelligence service while being "anti-Saddam"? For that matter, how does one stay alive in pre-invasion Iraq while being "anti-Saddam"? Who wants to bet me money that this new guy will nod in vigorous agreement when asked about the presence of "foreign fighters" in Fallujah?

 
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