Well, who'd'uh thunk it! When I heard that Ms. Bodine was Washington bound to fly a desk for State, I figured it was Rumsfeld screwing with Powell again. But General Jay getting drop-kicked as well?! hmmmm ... or maybe Ms. Bodine was the price of getting "Jay" out of there!
US recalls Baghdad governor after three weeks [dailytelegraph.co.uk] - " ...Lt Gen Garner is being replaced by L Paul Bremer III, a well-connected former diplomat and counter-terrorism expert, after the White House decided that efforts to rebuild Iraq - and win the trust of the Iraqi people and the international community - needed a civilian face at the helm.
Ms Bodine, a career diplomat and one of the few senior Americans in Iraq who speaks Arabic, denied that the personnel changes amounted to an admission of failure."
Yaa ya ya ... so Gen Jay is swapped with L Paul Breme III, the counter-terrorism expert (just the sort to arrange water, sewage, electricity, food distribution, and that sort of thing, right? Right?!) ... but who replaces the Arabic-speaking diplomat? ferr krisake ... buncha barbarians!!
Whom the gods would destroy they first make proud.