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Tuesday, July 29, 2003
Watch what we do, not what we say

Always sound advice. And applying it to the Bush administration reveals that perhaps things are not going so well in Iraq.

Baker to Baghdad? - Bush finally admits that the occupation is going badly. By Fred Kaplan: "Two recent signs suggest not only that postwar Iraq is going badly but that top Bush officials, finally, know it's going badly."

First, the 3rd Infantry Division will no longer accomodate embedded reporters. With few execptions, they won't accomodate reporters at all. The 3ID, of course, is the source of quotes such as, "If Donald Rumsfeld were here, I'd ask him for his resignation," and "The Aces in my deck are Paul Bremer, Donald Rumsfeld, George Bush, and Paul Wolfowitz."

Second, the now-apparently-scuttled plan to ask James Baker to step in and "help" run things in Iraq. Among other things, this plan raised the spectre of Bush going through top men in Iraq faster than George Steinbrenner used to go through Yankee managers.

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