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Monday, June 28, 2004
 
Quick! Look behind you!
June 30, June 30, June 30....June 28! Ok, we got the handover done without half of the country blowing up, by using a little sleight-of-hand move. Good idea. Probably saved a few lives, in the short term anyway.

ALLAWI: "Thank you Mr. Bremer. Today is a great day for the newly sovereign nation of Iraq and for the Iraqi..." (Sound of door slamming, footsteps running away down the hall) "...Mr. Bremer? Mr. Bremer? Where was he going in such a hurry? Oh well, where was I..."

The Iraqi government still has June 30 to look forward to. And then July 1, etc, etc. The country still has a major problems. It also has a half-dozen permanent US military bases and over 100,000 US troops who didn't leave with Mr. Bremer. What Iraqis want most right now is security, not sovereignty. They don't care too much about freedom or Democracy--not when shoppers and worshipers are being blown up by random car bombings, not when electricity is available for only a few hours a day and foreign troops are conducting full-scale military operations two blocks away.

It's going to be a long, hot, bloody summer in Iraq. Thanks, George 'n' Dick.
 
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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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