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What part of the phrase "puppet government" does this man not understand?

Facing growing pressure from the Bush administration for him to step down, Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari of Iraq vigorously asserted his right to stay in office today and warned the Americans against undue interference in Iraq's political process.

Now, I don't know anything about al-Jaafari. I probably wouldn't like him if I did. But that does not change the fact that he has been chosen by the Iraqi Parliament to represent them. If Bush is actually interested in fomenting a stable government, one simple rule to follow would be this: Don't demand that a new PM be installed everytime he does something you disapprove of!

I don't for a second believe that this government will serve independantly from American interests. They are vassals to the king. Nonetheless, a pretense of non-interference is probably a good idea, George. You want the Iraqi people to think that their government is independant from your own, don't you? Don't you? Hmm...maybe you don't. After all, if the Iraqis are busy fighting amongst themselves (and they are), perhaps they'll devote less effort to fighting the occupiers?

Good point, Bri. Another thing that the Americans should be wary of is a government that is seen by the people of Iraq as being not independent enough of the Americans. If Bush puts in a puppet, say Daifallah's friend Chalabi, they run the risk of fomenting an uprising against the entire government, democratically elected or no.

Well said. And, nice to see ya.

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