Wednesday, September 22, 2004

Pay No Attention to the State Department Behind the Curtain

Though I am loathe to admit it, George Will makes a good point in his column:

After "This Week" arranged with Allawi's office for Sunday's interview, the State Department called ABC to say that the office of U.S. Ambassador John Negroponte in Baghdad had decided that the interview would not happen until this coming Sunday, after Allawi's U.S. visit. This attempt by the U.S. Embassy to exercise sovereignty over the prime minister raised interesting questions about just what was actually transferred on June 28 when sovereignty was supposedly given to the Iraqi government. The White House recognized the inconvenience of such questions. The interview occurred.

Ahem.

So Prime Minister Allawi visits and his TV schedule is manipulated by the State Department, because he's the head of a sovereign state and in complete control of his country's (and his own) affairs. Uh huh, right.