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Self control

Thursday, September 07, 2006
So it seems that, this morning, we gave the Iraqis control of their own military. This seems pretty significant to me, since part of the condition for our withdrawl is that the Iraqis are able to function on their own. I seem to recall the generals saying that the Iraqis would be ready within "a year or so", but that was in the last month or two. Hmm...

If you recall, the handover of Iraq's government from the Coalition Provisional Authority to the Iraqis happened ahead of time. (Great job, by the way - that solved all the problems.) And now, just over two years later, we're handing over the military "ahead of time." So two big events happening two years apart...

Maybe I'm a conspiracy theorist, but it seems like these are conveniently timed to happen just a few months before important elections. August 2004 was just in time for the 2004 presidential election, and September 2006 is just before the 2006 mid-term election - and this one's pretty important.

So think about it. If you believe that the time was right for the Iraqis, more power to you. However, if you think there was a larger political subtext for the move... well, you're got company.

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