2013

we did it why again?

In an abrupt reversal, the United States and Britain have indefinitely put off their plan to allow Iraqi opposition forces to form a national assembly and an interim government by the end of the month.

Instead, top American and British diplomats leading reconstruction efforts here told exile leaders in a meeting tonight that allied officials would remain in charge of Iraq for an indefinite period, said Iraqis who attended the meeting. It was conducted by L. Paul Bremer, the new civilian administrator here. ...

No date was set for creating an interim authority, and no details about its powers and functions were discussed in the meeting, the Iraqis said. Mr. Bremer said he would meet with the opposition leaders for further discussions in two weeks. ...

Today's decision was a disappointment for the former opposition forces and their supporters in the Pentagon and the Congress, where officials had been pressing for an early turnover of sovereign power to a government formed by the opposition groups. - by Patrick E. Tyler

Full article at the New York Times [reg. required]


I'd say I was shocked by the reversal but I'd be lying. Also in the article it mentions an order banning up to 30,000 top-ranking Baath party members "from future employment in the public sector" by the American overseer Bremer. Is that a bad thing? *shrugs* But it goes against the principles of democracy in my opinion. All people must be able to participate.
It's not surprising, no. I would go into a long rant, but all long rants have been squeezed out of my frame by now.