Iraq took a mighty step forward toward creating an independent sovereign government this week as the Iraqi Governing Council — a group of U.S. appointed Iraqi exiles seen as largely subservient to U.S. demands — renamed itself and became a group of dynamic, independent thinkers — made up of the very same people.
“I am a new man!” cried Prime Minister Iyad Allawi. “I could order American troops out of Iraq tomorrow if I wished!”
Asked if this was true, Allawi became suddenly sober and said,” I don’t know. Let me make a call.” After disappearing into his study and making an overseas call, Allawi emerged and answered, “No. I can’t.”