Plans for Iraq

The Washington Post reports that:
“The Bush administration plans to take complete, unilateral control of a post-Saddam Hussein Iraq, with an interim administration headed by a yet-to-be named American civilian who would direct the reconstruction of the country and the creation of a ‘representative’ Iraqi government, according to a now-finalized blueprint described by U.S. officials and other sources.”
Once military action begins, “U.S. forces following behind those in combat would distribute food and other relief items and begin needed reconstruction. The goal, officials said, would be to make sure the Iraqi people ‘immediately’ consider themselves better off than they were the day before war, and attribute their improved circumstances directly to the United States.”
As long as they keep the U.N. out, I’ll be happy. Then again, on the dark side, the Post also reports: “French Oil Firm Sees Future in Iraq”.
This article is based on an interview with Thierry Desmarest, chief executive of France’s largest oil company, TotalFinaElf. Desmarest indicates that he personally is sympathetic to the approach taken by the French and German governments: “He expressed special concern that a war would disrupt other countries in the region, especially Iran, where TotalFinaElf is the largest foreign oil company.”
Opposition to war in Iraq: it’s all about oil.

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