Thursday, September 23, 2004
Allawi before Congress
For the sake of the citizens of Iraq and the safety of our forces it would be nice if what Allawi said were true. It will make it that much easier for us to disengage from Iraq. But there are other indicators (like the National Intelligence Estimate) that such a rosy picture is disregarding some unpleasant facts. For Allawi himself it will be interesting to see to what degree his people see him as an American puppet instead of a genuine Iraqi leader. Until the stabilization effort becomes more an international effort, this will be a big political mark against Allawi for the home crowd.