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[casi] US sidelines Iraqi Opposition

This report is something that seemed to be going on in the background.  It actually seems to be 
that the USA wish to cause the maximum possible amount of strife.  That is something in accordance 
with the armageddon conspiracy theory.

a)  They are sidelining the opposition - even those who were supportive of them
b) They are going for the Hiroshima style of Shock and Awe - something which involves specifically 
attacking civilian targets
c) They are not going to listen to the Franco-German alternative.

U.S. plans for Iraq raising hackles


SULAYMANIYAH, Iraq -- The United States has told Iraq's opposition it plans to install a 
U.S.-military-run administration in Iraq and keep many lower-level officials of President Saddam 
Hussein's party in their jobs after the Iraqi leadership falls, senior opposition officials said.

U.S. envoys announced the plans during a meeting in Turkey last week on a "take it and don't you 
dare leave it" basis, said Kanan Makiya, a Brandeis University professor and a leading member of 
the Iraqi National Congress.

The plan was outlined by U.S. envoy Zalmay Khalilzad, U.S. State Department official David Pearce 
and senior White House and Pentagon officials, said Makiya and an official who attended the meeting.

"All the Iraqi opposition figures are completely sidelined," Makiya said yesterday. "This plan will 
result in turning the Iraqi opposition into opponents of the United States."

Yesterday, two senior U.S. officials discussed a broad outline of how they would make the 
transition from a U.S.-run military administration to an Iraqi civilian government after Saddam 

During testimony before the U.S. Senate foreign relations committee, Marc Grossman, undersecretary 
of state for political affairs, said the United States would remain in Iraq "as long as is 
necessary" but "not one day more."

He and Douglas Feith, the undersecretary of defence for policy, said U.S. objectives include 
preserving Iraq's territorial integrity and persuading Iraqis inside and outside the country to 
work together to establish a government that represents various ethnic and religious groups.

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