Tim Blair


New Criterion



Tuesday, June 01, 2004

TANYA NOLAN: There are growing concerns Iraqis won't get the kind of sovereignty they've been promised by the United States, when power is handed over in just a few weeks time.

Note that lying, subject-free sentence. Whose concerns might those be, Tanya?

The dead hands of the United States and the Iraqi Governing Council – mainly Iraqi exiles who are considered friends of America – are being felt in the emerging picture of those likely to be appointed to key positions on the transitional administration, which will lead Iraq to national elections.

The what hands? Who do you speak for here? Which faction or interest? Is anti-US all we need to know?

The weekend appointment of Iyad Allawi as Iraq's interim Prime Minister, well known for his links to the CIA ...

Perhaps a few words on how the Iraqi opposition managed to survive for thirty years the assaults of Saddam's thugs might be in order here Tanya. Would someone sponsored by Russian, Iranian or French intelligence be more suitable?

And many fear UN envoy to Iraq, Lakhdar Brahimi, who will announce the makeup of the transitional government within days, is not maintaining the independence he pledged, in appointing the new administration.

Who fears, or claims that, Tanya?

This is not the message of Tanya's chosen talent, Dr Kuba, an Iraqi exile in Washington:
LEITH KUBA: I think it's still too early to say exactly who is going to be on the list. I think behind the scenes and behind the controversy is really a battle of will between the Governing Council, which is fighting for its own survival as their mandate ends 30th of June; they want to extend their powers and extend their mandate, and they want to dictate how the Government is shaped, and they want to be part of it on one hand.

And on the other hand, the US which reached a conclusion that it has to pass it over to the UN and the UN which consulted Iraqis at large and concluded it has to form a government well beyond the Governing Council.

And I think what we're seeing at the moment is the unfolding of this battle of will. It'll take a while before we know exactly what comes out of it.

One last attempt at the anti-yank spin:
TANYA NOLAN: But we're not seeing a government emerging of independent technocrats as Lakhdar Brahimi was hoping for, are we?

LEITH KUBA: I think in essence, what Lakhdar Brahimi wants to see, is ... a caretaker government that will take the Iraqis from 1st of July 'til the day we have elections.

... And for that surely he has to in my assessment, he has to take on board some key players. But I don't think he is wise or bound at all to take all of the Governing Council players on board, nor he should exclude all of them.

You have to say this for our communards. They never, ever give up.