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"Limited sovereignty" for the new Iraq

From the International Herald Tribune comes this cheering story: "White House plans limits to Iraq sovereignty:"

The Bush administration plans for a new caretaker government in Iraq would place severe limits on its sovereignty, including only partial command over its armed forces and no authority to enact new laws, according to administration officials.

Only 10 weeks from the transfer of sovereignty, the administration is still not sure exactly who will govern in Baghdad, or precisely how they will be selected. A week ago, President George W. Bush agreed to a recommendation by Brahimi to dismantle the existing Iraqi Governing Council, which was hand-picked by the United States, and replace it with a caretaker government whose makeup is to be decided next month.

Maybe George Bush can now admit to having made one mistake since 9-11.

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