Caretaker Government may Contain the Expatriate Politicians
Alissa Rubin of the LA Times reports that the original Brahimi plan has had to be abandoned, a victim of the prisoner torture scandal. Washington and Brahimi had wanted to appoint a caretaker government of faceless bureaucrats. The heads of Iraqi parties with some grass roots and popularity, however, are fighting this Brahimi plan, and may have been winning recently. The US no longer has the moral authority, after the prisoner abuse and torture scandal, to dictate terms to the Iraqi politicians.
I saw a clip of Wolfowitz testifying on the Hill on Thursday. He was pressed as to whether keeping someone in a hood for 36 hours was a crime. Wolfowitz hemmed and hawed and said he didn’t “know what that means.” The democratic senator interviewing him called him “unresponsive.”