Alternatives to Iraqi Council Eyed (washingtonpost.com):Amazing. They hand-picked these guys and put them in power, and now less than six months later they're preparing to throw them under the bus. And how stupid do you have to be to pick a bunch of guys who represent their own political and economic interests and then complain when they continue to do so? I mean, isn't that the Republican way?
"Increasingly alarmed by the failure of Iraq's Governing Council to take decisive action, the Bush administration is developing possible alternatives to the council to ensure that the United States can turn over political power at the same time and pace that troops are withdrawn, according to senior U.S. officials here and in Baghdad.
The United States is deeply frustrated with its hand-picked council members because they have spent more time on their own political or economic interests than in planning for Iraq's political future, especially selecting a committee to write a new constitution, the officials added."