Tuesday, March 30, 2004

US now looking to install a PM in Iraq: "The United States wants to transfer power in Iraq to a hand-picked prime minister [Chalabi?], abandoning plans for an expansion of the current 25-member governing council, coalition officials in Baghdad say... It is not clear if Iraqi agreement on this issue has been sought."

The plan to install this puppet, the latest in a string of US proposals and reversals, is described as a 'return of sovereignty' and the 'democratisation' of Iraq; or in Howard-speak, 'getting the job done.' What is not mentioned in this article but underlies everything of course is the fact that the US will establish large military bases in the country and have 10s of thousands of troops occupying it for years to come, as well as the biggest 'embassy' (proconsulate?) in the world.

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