Thursday, July 01, 2004

Embracing Saddam-Lite by Steve Weissman

Apparently a cousin of Ahmed Chalabi, whom America's neo-conservatives yearned to see in his place, Allawi has long been the other Manchurian candidate. His qualifications stretch back to the Clinton era, when on White House orders the CIA turned away from Chalabi's dream of a popular uprising against Saddam and threw their support to Allawi, who tried to provoke Saddam's generals into staging a palace coup. Neither scheme worked, except to build momentum in Washington for the current horror show.

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