27
Sep
03

Reluctance to Share Control in Iraq Leaves U.S. on Its Own (washingtonpost.com)

Reluctance to Share Control in Iraq Leaves U.S. on Its Own (washingtonpost.com): “NEW YORK — To rebuild Iraq after the ouster of Saddam Hussein, the Bush administration wanted control and it wanted international help on U.S. terms. A difficult few days of personal diplomacy at the United Nations last week confirmed that President Bush cannot have both, so he has settled for control.

Neither the United Nations nor the Iraqi Governing Council will have much authority over events in Iraq anytime soon, the White House has decided. Policymakers consider the Iraqi overhaul too complex and the stakes too high to risk surrendering enough responsibility to win significant amounts of fresh international assistance.
That calculation, rooted in the politics of Iraq and Iowa alike, leaves Bush and his key aides largely where they were on the war’s opening night: calling the shots, essentially alone.
‘They’re on their own,’ a U.N. official said. ‘It’s just between them and the American taxpayer.’ “

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