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Wednesday, January 05, 2005

What was that about Kerry slandering Allawi?

Back when Allawi visited the US to basically campaign for George Bush a few months ago, John Kerry shot back by challenging some of Allawi's assertions. The right wingers responded by tut-tutting Kerry for questioning the credibility of the unelected leader of Iraq's interim government. Well, today we get the following paragraph on this WaPo article about the assassination of Baghdad's governor, among other things:

"The war's worse, the insurgency's worse," said a senior U.S. Embassy official in Baghdad, who spoke on condition of anonymity in order to talk candidly. "This is not going to be a short fight. Nobody should think it is."

The assessment reflected a new willingness among senior Iraqi and American officials to acknowledge that large tracts of the country remain beyond the control of their combined forces. More than three months ago, interim Prime Minister Ayad Allawi asserted during a visit to Washington that 15 of Iraq's 18 provinces were stable and largely peaceful. Now, in interviews, he routinely refers to the situation as "our catastrophe."

At least now that Bush has been reelected, the lying about Iraq can be scaled back a little bit, I guess.