Slight aspects of something vaguely like democracy manifest in the Iraqi take-over
Another regime change in Iraq [Asia Times] - "The war between the Pentagon and the State Department appears to be raging as furiously as ever with reports that the latter may have mounted something of a coup d'etat against the neo-conservative hawks around Pentagon chief Donald Rumsfeld by having former diplomat L Paul Bremer as Washington's new viceroy in Baghdad.
Rumsfeld had handpicked retired general Jay Garner to oversee the occupation and report to Centcom commander, General Tommy Franks. Garner, who spent the early part of the war in Kuwait, has been in Baghdad for more than a week. The defense secretary had also selected his own chief of staff, Lawrence di Rita - whose wife is on the staff of the pro-INC Committee for the Liberation of Iraq - to also play a prominent role, as he did in a meeting of 300 Iraqi leaders convened by Garner in Baghdad this week.