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[casi] US and Britain: Differing approaches in Iraq

Misplaced US priorities? 13,000 MEN IN IRAQ, JUST LOOKING FOR WMDs.

CIA takes over hunt for illegal weapons
June 18 2003

The CIA has been put in charge of the hunt for weapons of mass destruction
in Iraq, replacing the Pentagon, which has failed over the past two months
to uncover any conclusive evidence that Saddam Hussein had an illegal arms

The CIA director, George Tenet, will now have direct responsibility for the
13,000 US SOLDIERS AND EXPERTS looking for the arms, according to Time
magazine.   ...more

OTOH, Britain seems to have it right:

Britain pays wages of thousands of demobbed Iraqi soldiers
(Filed: 18/06/2003)

Britain is paying monthly wages to thousands of demobilised Iraqi soldiers,
even though the army has been disbanded. The payments are part of Britain's
hearts-and-minds campaign to avoid stirring up resentment against the
occupation of Iraq.

The US administrator in Iraq, Paul Bremer, last month announced the
abolition of the army and intelligence services, leaving some 400,000 people
out of a job. Earlier he decreed that senior members of the former ruling
Ba'ath party would not be eligible for government posts.

But in the British-controlled Basra province, these measures are being
interpreted flexibly.

More -Telegraph

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