at the NATO conference in Turkey yesterday, President
Bush said, "15 months after the liberation of
Iraq...the world witnessed the arrival of a free
and sovereign Iraqi government."  The reality,
however, is much different.
same day that U.S. administrator Paul Bremer officially
ended the occupation, U.S. prosecutors refused
to abide by an Iraqi judge's order acquitting
Iraqi citizen Iyad Akmush Kanum of attempted murder
of coalition troops.  Instead, the prosecutors
returned Kanum to the infamous Abu Ghraib prison,
claiming that "they were not bound by Iraqi law."
the days leading up to his departure, Bremer "issued
a raft of edicts" in an effort to "exert U.S.
control over the country after the transfer of
political authority." Specifically, Bremer
empowered a seven-member appointed commission
"to disqualify political parties and any of the
candidates they support." Bremer also "appointed
Iraqis handpicked by his aides to influential
positions in the interim government" with multi-year
terms to "promote his concepts of governance"
after the handover.
remains plagued by violence and "the primary military
responsibility for fighting the insurgency remains
as much in American hands as it did yesterday."
As a result, the New York Times concludes it is
"ludicrous for administration officials to suggest
that America's occupation of Iraq has now somehow
"Remarks by President Bush and Prime Minister
Blair," Whitehouse.gov, 6/28/04, http://daily.misleader.org/ctt.asp?u=1208987&l=42686.
2. "Prisoner 27075 learns limits of sovereignty,
Financial Times, 6/29/04, http://daily.misleader.org/ctt.asp?u=1208987&l=42687
3. "U.S. Edicts Curb Power Of Iraq's Leadership,"
Washington Post, 6/27/04, http://daily.misleader.org/ctt.asp?u=1208987&l=42688"
4. "A Secretive Transfer in Iraq," New York Times,
Posted: July 1, 2004