Monday, June 28, 2004

1st Step towards Sovereignty

In one of Bush's smartest moves of his administration (insert "It's a short list" joke here), the interim Iraqi government has assumed power 48 hours ahead of schedule. This was a stroke of genius, as it throws off the insurgent's timetable completely. They undoubtedly had plans for June 30. Now Prime Minister Ayad Allawi is in power and Paul Bremer is on his way home.

It will be interesting to see what happens next. First up is the turnover of Hussein and his lackeys to the new government. I'm kind of opposed to this, not because I think the new government won't prosecute, but I'm afraid Hussein will be be busted out. We'll have to see.

The other thing to watch is the possible imposition of martial law. This would be a boon to stuffing the insurgency, but could be damaging to the nascent freedom the Iraqis are enjoying. Also, Allawi isn't allowed to tamper with the Constitution before full elections in January, 2005. How that could affect the possibility of martial law will play a big part in what happens.

But for now, and important step has been taken in turning Iraq back over to the Iraqis.

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