Friday :: Dec 10, 2004

Chalabi Interview In The Kurdish Media

by Mary

Ahmed Chalabi is still very much a player in Iraq these days. One of the things he is doing is showing how he is an independent voice not under the US thumb. At the same time he is clearly thumbing his nose at his old friends that largely when to war because he had done a masterful job of creating the case for war. Via Laura Rozen is an interview in the KurdishMedia with Chalabi today as he looks forward to the elections. So what does Chalabi think is the biggest mistake the US made in their Iraqi policy?

MEQ: Looking back, what were the United States’ biggest errors? Should the United States have liberated Iraq?

Chalabi: The biggest error was occupation. Of course, the United States should have liberated Iraq, but it should never have occupied Iraq and tried to run this country along the lines of a colony. Many times before and during the war, I said that the Iraqi people would welcome liberation but reject occupation. And that is exactly what happened. The insurgency only tarted after the United States and United Kingdom passed U.N. resolution 1483 in which they called themselves occupiers. All the coalition’s problems have stemmed from that. Why would Iraqi police and security forces risk their lives for an occupation? Were they expected to die for America? The stain of occupation is well known in the Middle East.

There should have been an Iraqi provisional government as part of the coalition, ready to take over as soon as Saddam was gone. This government could have been expanded to include indigenous forces, and its main task would have been planning elections as fast as possible. But the State Department did not let this happen because the other Arab countries were petrified of what might come. President Bush promised the Iraqi people liberation and democracy, and instead they got occupation and delayed elections. Now we have an interim government in which all its senior members were outside the country. The only members of this government who were not in exile are Baathists who served Saddam. So what did fourteen months of occupation achieve? The electricity still doesn’t work; thousands are dead; the United States has lost the moral high ground in the Middle East, and the U.N., which opposed the liberation of Iraq, has been allowed to impose Baathists back on the Iraqi people.

A couple of comments on Chalabi's attempt to rewrite history. Chalabi spends quite a bit of time blaming the State Department for the bad decisions in Iraq. When did Powell have control for what happened in Iraq? And most important, who do you think Chalabi thought should head the provisional Iraq government that he thought should take control of Iraq after the invasion?

Read it all. Watch how he twists the facts to once more put himself up as the savior of Iraq.

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