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  • Democrats Target Pentagon Planning

    11/24/2003 3:19:36 PM PST · by Maria S · 8 replies · 581+ views
    Insight Magazine ^ | Nov. 24, 2003 | Kenneth R. Timmerman
    The sordid tale now making the rounds in the "mainstream" press of a rogue Pentagon intelligence operation has all the elements of an urban legend: heavy breathing, a secret basement office "down by the ramp" and government officials who form a hidden alliance based on long-ago ties to an obscure but influential university guru. Only the work of a few good men with the courage to face up to this "cabal" - and a few crusader-journalists to help them - can make the demons scatter and scare the dark ones into the light. Or so the story goes on those...
  • Web of Conspiracies. False rumors go from fringe staff go mainstream-again and again.

    05/18/2004 7:03:21 AM PDT · by .cnI redruM · 49 replies · 1,502+ views
    NRO ^ | May 18, 2004, 8:36 a.m. | Michael Rubin
    On May 13, 2004, Senator Edward Kennedy berated Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz at the Senate Armed Services Committee, condemning "disaster after disaster" in U.S. Iraq policy. Well before the Abu Ghraib revelations, Kennedy has sought to transform Iraqi freedom from a philosophical and strategic issue into a partisan debate, without regard either to reality or result. On April 6, Kennedy called Iraq "George Bush's Vietnam." On March 5, 2004, Senator Edward Kennedy, speaking before the Council on Foreign Relations, took the president to task for allegedly exaggerating the threat posed by Iraq: "The evidence so far leads to...
  • Garner: U.S. Made Postwar Iraq Mistakes

    11/26/2003 5:57:24 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 13 replies · 808+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 11/26/03 | Michael McDonough - AP
    LONDON - The retired American general who headed the first occupation government in Iraq (news - web sites) says the decision to disband the Iraqi army was one of several major mistakes Washington has made in Iraq. AP Photo Latest headlines: · Pentagon Sending More Marines to Iraq AP - 51 minutes ago · US readies extra marines for IraqAFP - 56 minutes ago · Iraq's Shiites Oppose U.S. Election Plan AP - 1 hour, 47 minutes ago Special Coverage   The United States should also have put more more troops into Baghdad after the fall of Saddam Hussein (news...
  • Retired General Discusses Iraq Occupation

    11/26/2003 6:53:50 AM PST · by TexKat · 12 replies · 692+ views
    AP ^ | 11/26/03 | MICHAEL McDONOUGH
    LONDON - The retired general who headed the first occupation government in Iraq said Wednesday the United States made major mistakes, including disbanding the Iraqi army, putting too few troops on the ground and failing to explain the goals of the war. Jay Garner, in his most critical comments yet, said in an interview broadcast Wednesday that the series of mistakes began in April when the U.S. military did not act quickly to maintain law and order and preserve the buildings needed for the government ministries. "If we did it over again, we probably would have put more dismounted infantrymen...
  • Garner: Up to 1 million corpses may be found

    07/03/2003 8:13:52 AM PDT · by OXENinFLA · 12 replies · 210+ views
    http://www.boston.com ^ | 7-3-03 | Mark Fineman and John Hendren
    Garner: Up to 1 million corpses may be found By Mark Fineman and John Hendren, Los Angeles Times, 7/3/2003 WASHINGTON -- The former head of the US-led effort to rebuild Iraq said yesterday that investigators would find the corpses of as many as 1 million Iraqis executed during Saddam Hussein's reign. Reflecting the Bush administration's increasing emphasis on human-rights violations by Hussein -- as more time passes without discovery of weapons of mass destruction -- retired Army Lieutenant General Jay Garner offered the highest such estimate to date by a present or former senior official of the US-led coalition. ''I...
  • A MILLION DEAD: Garner recalls Iraq's chaos, ‘Killing Fields’

    07/03/2003 3:52:11 AM PDT · by kattracks · 14 replies · 405+ views
    Union Leader ^ | 7/03/03 | MARK FINEMAN and JOHN HENDREN Los Angeles Times
    WASHINGTON — The former head of the U.S.-led effort to rebuild Iraq predicted Wednesday that investigators would find the corpses of as many as 1 million Iraqis executed during Saddam Hussein’s reign.
  • What Jay Garner knows now

    07/02/2003 9:16:49 PM PDT · by chasio649 · 1 replies · 318+ views
    UPI ^ | 7/1/2003 | Pamela Hess
    WASHINGTON, July 1 (UPI) -- If retired Army Lt. Gen Jay Garner knew in January what he knows now, Baghdad might be a very different place. He would have brought with him a telephone system for Iraqi civilians to use so they could instantly communicate with one another and with the Americans running the government. He would have brought a police-training force to rapidly get the law on the street. And he would have brought more cash to stimulate the economy and win the allegiance of Iraqis hard hit by years of sanctions. "If I knew then what I know...
  • Secretary Rumsfeld Media Availability with Jay Garner

    06/18/2003 4:26:04 PM PDT · by Hipixs · 7 replies · 170+ views
    Dept of Defense ^ | 6/18/03 | Rumsfeld, Garner, media
    Wednesday, June 18, 2003 - 2:40 p.m. EDT Secretary Rumsfeld Media Availability with Jay Garner (Also participating is Jay Garner, Former Director, Office of Reconstruction and Humanitarian Assistance.  Photos of today's briefing are available at http://www.defenselink.mil/photos/Jun2003/030618-D-9880W-111.html and http://www.defenselink.mil/photos/Jun2003/030618-D-9880W-100.html.) Rumsfeld: As you may have noticed, Jay Garner -- General Jay Garner is in town and has been good enough to join me here and make a statement and respond to some questions. Before he does, let me just say a few things about him. I do want to thank Jay for the absolutely superb job that he has done in laying the...
  • Iraqi workers get first wages since war

    05/24/2003 10:23:13 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 9 replies · 203+ views
    The US civil administration paid out the first government wages to Iraqis since the US-led war, giving wages to thousands of Baghdad electricity workers. It hopes the payments - set eventually to reach about 1.4 million civil servants and ranging from $80 to $400 a month - will send a signal that normal life is returning to the country after weeks of chaos and deteriorating security conditions. "Its a start, a good start and the rest will get paid through the rest of the week," said Jay Garner, the outgoing director of the Office of Reconstruction and Humanitarian Assistance (ORHA)....
  • Bored With Baghdad — Already

    05/18/2003 11:00:30 AM PDT · by arthur003 · 24 replies · 171+ views
    The New York Times Company ^ | May 18, 2003 | THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- May 18, 2003 Bored With Baghdad — Already By THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN AGHDAD, Iraq Last Wednesday two top U.S. generals in Iraq held a news conference in Baghdad's half-wrecked convention center. The subject was deteriorating security and the two officers, Lt. Gen. David McKiernan and Maj. Gen. Buford Blount III, were pummeled by the press about why they weren't doing more to make Baghdad safer. It was 102 degrees, and in the middle of the session all the lights went out. The two generals looked like they were enjoying this encounter about as much as a root canal. At...
  • Top U.S. Officials in Iraq Being Replaced (Garner leaving, replaced by Bremer)

    05/11/2003 12:21:26 AM PDT · by FairOpinion · 32 replies · 804+ views
    Reuters ^ | May 11, 2003 | Reuters
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The top American officials in charge of running post-war Iraq are being relieved of their jobs in what U.S. officials said was part of a broad shake-up of U.S. operations in Iraq, the Washington Post reported on Sunday. Retired U.S. Gen. Jay Garner, who has overseen the rebuilding of Iraq for the Bush administration over the last three weeks, will be departing with some of his top aides, possibly within a week or two, the Post reported. Barbara Bodine, the American coordinator for central Iraq and the effective post-war mayor of Baghdad, will leave for Washington on...
  • Group of nine will probably head Iraqi interim govt: Garner

    05/05/2003 7:01:26 AM PDT · by areafiftyone · 5 replies · 385+ views
    BAGHDAD - A council of up to nine Iraqis will probably lead the country’s still unformed interim government through the coming months, the American civil administrator said on Monday.Retired Lt. Gen. Jay Garner also said he expects the newly appointed L. Paul Bremer, former head of the State Department’s counter terrorism office, to take charge of the political process within the US postwar administration.“What you may see is as many as seven, eight, nine leaders working together to provide leadership,” Garner said. He added, though, that he didn’t know how the collective leadership would function specifically.The Iraqi leaders Garner referred...
  • Iraqis Emulating Palestinians By Stoning Troops

    04/26/2003 5:04:46 PM PDT · by blam · 23 replies · 239+ views
    Independent (UK) ^ | 4-27-2003 | Phil Reeves
    Iraqis emulate Palestinians by stoning troops By Phil Reeves in Baghdad 27 April 2003 A tactic of the Palestinian intifada has spread ominously to Iraq, less than three weeks after US tanks rolled into the middle of Baghdad. American troops are coming under attack from Iraqi children throwing stones, replaying scenes from the West Bank and Gaza Strip that were broadcast on state-run television before the fall of Saddam Hussein. News reports said that children – who at first flocked around the American forces, and were given sweets by the soldiers – have begun hurling rocks in Mosul and the...
  • Iraq 'government' back up in 10 days: Garner

    04/24/2003 6:53:00 PM PDT · by Utah Girl · 1 replies · 122+ views
    Toronto Star ^ | 4/24/2003 | CHARLES J. HANLEY
    The "governmental process" in Iraq will be up and running by the end of next week and all ministries will have Iraqi officials at the helm as soon as possible, the retired American general in charge of rebuilding the country said today. Retired Lt.-Gen. Jay Garner spoke at a news conference after meeting with scores of Iraqi technocrats and academics on efforts to bring democracy and stability to this leaderless country. "You will begin to see the governmental process begin by the end of next week," he said. "It is very important that people start back to work, especially those...
  • Self-Styled Baghdad Mayor Ignores Garner's Snub

    04/24/2003 12:45:47 PM PDT · by areafiftyone · 5 replies · 179+ views
    Reuters ^ | 4/24/03
    BAGHDAD, Iraq (Reuters) - The retired U.S. general overseeing Iraq's reconstruction promised Thursday to remove Baghdad's self-proclaimed mayor if residents of the capital rejected him. But Mohammed Mohsen Zubaidi, who declared himself the city's new administrator earlier this month, met aides he has appointed to run Baghdad's public services and toured hospitals and water plants, undaunted by the threat from the general, Jay Garner. Zubaidi has appointed 22 committees to function in place of ministries, including health, education, water, electricity, oil and industry. Garner, put in charge of rebuilding Iraq by the United States after the three-week war that ousted...
  • Shiites Emerge as Iraq's Key Players

    04/23/2003 8:18:06 PM PDT · by smalltowns · 2 replies · 175+ views
    Time ^ | April 23, 2003 | Tony Karen
    Shiites Emerge as Iraq's Key Players Wooing the Shiite clerics, however, is a daunting task for General Jay Garner, the U.S. administrator for post-Saddam Iraq. Shiite religious-political groups are far from united, and their divisions are potentially violent, as the fatal stabbing two weeks of a prominent pro-Western cleric at Najaf demonstrated. Ayatollah Abdel Majid al-Khoei was murdered by supporters of a young cleric, Moqtada al-Sadr, who seek an Iran-style Islamic state in Iraq and are innately hostile towards cooperation with the U.S. But the supreme clerical authority in Iraq, Ayatollah Ali Sistani of Najaf, has been more cautious. And...
  • Iraqi Shiites Fast Filling Power Vacuum

    04/23/2003 7:03:23 PM PDT · by Brian S · 7 replies · 90+ views
    Iraqi Shiites Are Fast Filling the Power Vacuum Left by the Ouster of Saddam Hussein The Associated Press KARBALA, Iraq April 23 — Iraqi Shiites are organizing local committees, doling out funds to pay salaries, collecting looted property and sending militias to secure hospitals and electric plants. The Shiites are fast filling the power vacuum left by the ouster of Saddam Hussein and some fear their dominance of postwar Iraqi politics could lead to an Islamic theocracy like the one next door in Shiite-dominated Iran. Long repressed under Saddam's Sunni-dominated government and representing 60 percent of Iraq's population of 24...
  • Coalition forces uncover Iraqi torture chambers, graves

    04/22/2003 10:25:33 PM PDT · by kattracks · 6 replies · 253+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 4/23/03 | Bill Gertz
    <p>Coalition forces have discovered numerous torture chambers used by Saddam Hussein's secret police and political operatives to silence opponents, as well as mass graves where executed dissidents were buried.</p> <p>"The whole range of what we expected to find, unfortunately we've found," said a State Department official.</p>
  • U.S. Administrator in Iraq Pledges a 'Mosaic' Government

    04/22/2003 5:31:05 PM PDT · by RJCogburn · 8 replies · 255+ views
    NYTimes | 4/22/03 | BRIAN K. KNOWLTON
    The top American civilian administrator for Iraq met today in northern Iraq with the two main Kurdish leaders and called for a new Iraqi government to be a "mosaic," fairly representing all Iraqis. The official, Jay Garner, a retired Army lieutenant general, received a notably warmer greeting in the north than he had the day before in Baghdad, with cheers, hugs and a shower of flower petals reflecting his efforts in the early 1990's to help create the thriving Kurdish autonomous area of northeastern Iraq. "The new government of Iraq will have one leader, one army, one government," General Garner...
  • Americans Accused Of Turning Blind Eye To Killings By Kurds

    04/22/2003 3:52:10 PM PDT · by blam · 151+ views
    Independent (UK) ^ | 4-23-2003 | Kim Sengupta
    Americans accused of turning blind eye to killings by Kurds By Kim Sengupta in Kirkuk 23 April 2003 A bitter conflict is unfolding in northern Iraq between two minority communities, with the Americans accused of turning a blind eye to killings and ethnic cleansing. The Kurds, the victims of oppression by Saddam Hussein and previous regimes in Baghdad, are being blamed for a violent campaign of intimidation against the Turkoman population. Organisations representing the Turkomans say they want British and European troops to protect them because the Americans are acquiescing in what is taking place. Kirkuk, a city with a...
  • Show of Shia power unsettles the allies

    04/22/2003 2:27:14 PM PDT · by Pokey78 · 51 replies · 278+ views
    The Times (U.K.) ^ | 04/23/03 | Richard Beeston
    SCENES of hundreds of thousands of Iraqi Shia Muslims expressing their newfound political power on the streets of Iraq’s cities are causing growing concern in Western and Arab capitals. A fortnight after American and British troops deposed Saddam Hussein’s regime, there is a growing consensus that the only credible force to have emerged in the country is the Shia clergy and its followers, many of whom advocate the creation of an Iranian-style Islamic state. “There is real concern,” a senior British official said. “The Iraqi Shia are the only group to have made any real impact so far. There was...
  • Garner given hero's welcome by ambitious Kurds

    04/22/2003 2:22:18 PM PDT · by Pokey78 · 5 replies · 181+ views
    The Times (U.K.) ^ | 04/23/03 | Stephen Farrell
    JAY GARNER, the retired US general appointed to run postwar Iraq, received a hero’s welcome yesterday when he returned to the region where he is fêted for helping to create a save haven for Kurds after the first Gulf War. Crowds of students cheered the 65-year-old head of the Pentagon’s Office of Reconstruction and Humanitarian Assistance for Iraq as he arrived in Sulaimaniyah, providing a stark contrast with his reception in Baghdad a day earlier. But even as Kurds assured General Garner that they wanted autonomy within Iraq, and he in turn praised the 12-year Kurdish experiment with democracy as...
  • Cheers Greet Garner in North Iraq

    04/22/2003 12:45:27 PM PDT · by Shermy · 14 replies · 303+ views
    The retired US general charged with forming an interim administration in Iraq has arrived in the north of the country on the second day of a tour around the country. Jay Garner received a rapturous welcome from crowds in Sulaymaniyah - in contrast to a lukewarm reception in Baghdad on Monday. He was sprinkled with flower petals and some people's eyes filled with tears of emotion as he walked through the streets, reports our correspondent in the city, Clare Marshall. Mr Garner is remembered in Kurdish-controlled northern Iraq as the man who, 12 years ago, set up a safe haven...
  • Iraqis on Saddam's trail - Opposition leader says fighters just a day behind him

    04/22/2003 2:03:33 AM PDT · by kattracks · 3 replies · 221+ views
    New York Daily News ^ | 4/22/03 | HELEN KENNEDY
    WASHINGTON - Saddam Hussein is on the run inside Iraq and hunters are less than a day behind him, an opposition leader insisted yesterday. Ahmed Chalabi of the Iraqi National Congress told BBC radio that the former dictator is being tracked by Chalabi's Free Iraqi fighters. "We are aware of his movements. We are aware of the areas that he has been to, and we learn of this within 12 to 24 hours," Chalabi said. "We will work to develop more information about his whereabouts." Chalabi's Free Iraqi forces may not have caught the deposed dictator, but they bagged another...
  • Garner assumes postwar duties

    04/21/2003 10:22:23 PM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 1 replies · 104+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Tuesday, April 22, 2003 | By Charles J. Hanley
    <p>BAGHDAD — Retired U.S. Lt. Gen. Jay Garner, taking up his duties as Iraq's postwar civil administrator, toured a Baghdad hospital yesterday and said his priority was to restore such basic services as water and electricity supplies.</p> <p>As Gen. Garner became acquainted with the Iraqi capital, thousands of Shi'ite Muslims marched in the heart of the city to protest the reported arrest of a leading cleric by the U.S. military.</p>
  • Retired U.S. general arrives in Baghdad to oversee the reconstruction of Iraq

    04/20/2003 10:49:58 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 15 replies · 209+ views
    Associated Press | April 21, 2003
    BAGHDAD, Iraq, Apr 21, 2003 (AP WorldStream via COMTEX) -- Retired U.S. General Jay Garner, who is overseeing Iraq's reconstruction after the toppling of Saddam Hussein's regime, arrived in the Iraqi capital Monday. "What better day in your life can you have than to be able to help somebody else, to help other people, and that is what we intend to do," Garner said after arriving at Baghdad airport from Kuwait. Garner said his priority was to restore basic services such as water and electricity "as soon as we can," and acknowledged that the job would take intense work....
  • New Iraqi government could be functioning in weeks

    04/18/2003 8:09:29 PM PDT · by fightinJAG · 6 replies · 159+ views
    MSNBC ^ | April 18, 2003 | Mike Taibbi
    <p>BAGHDAD, Iraq, April 18 — Western officials working on the reconstruction of Iraq agreed Friday that an interim authority in Baghdad could take over most government functions from the U.S. military in only a few weeks.</p> <p>THE OFFICIALS, who are part of the organization put together by the Pentagon’s administrator in Iraq, retired Army Lt. Gen. Jay Garner, confirmed statements Friday by Iraqi opposition leader Ahmad Chalabi that the interim authority would assume power “sooner rather than later, a matter of weeks rather than months.” The officials, who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity, would not be more specific, but they said they had no quarrel with the timetable laid out by Chalabi, who said at a news conference that “the Iraqi interim authority will be chosen by Iraqis and will take over the business of government.” Chalabi, leader of the Iraqi National Congress, the most prominent of a quarrelsome collection of exile groups that formed in opposition to the government of deposed President Saddam Hussein, said the first stage would be “reconstruction of basic services, done by Jay Garner.” “I expect this step to take a few weeks,” he said, with a new constitution and general elections two years down the road. Ultimately, Chalabi said, the U.S. military would have just three functions in Iraq: to eradicate any weapons of mass destruction, to dismantle the ousted regime’s “apparatus of terror” and to disarm the previous regime’s army. “The United States of America does not want to run Iraq,” Chalabi said. “That is the policy of the United States. That’s what President Bush has said, and I believe him.”</p>
  • Postwar Iraq The viceroy of Baghdad (al Barfa alert)

    04/16/2003 3:45:49 PM PDT · by Homer_J_Simpson · 10 replies · 181+ views
    San Francisco ^ | 4/16/03 | David L. Kirp
    <p>The war in Iraq was initially billed as a cakewalk, the aftermath a triumphal celebration, but the Bush administration badly underestimated the difficulties of both war and peace. From Baghdad to Basra, in the past week Iraq's cities have less resembled Paris in 1944 than mayhem, "Lord of the Flies" style.</p>
  • Newsweek Periscope: Conventional Wisdom - Bagging Baghdad Edition

    04/15/2003 6:25:42 PM PDT · by hotpotato · 12 replies · 127+ views
    newsweek ^ | April 21, 2003
    BAGGING BAGHDAD EDITION Bush Like a rock: he told us so—and never wavered. But the looting chaos looks more than "untidy." Saddam Whatever happened to him, he's riding a big fat down arrow straight to his uncle Satan. Hot enuf for ya? Jay Garner Retired general and Kurd-rebuilding wiz will be Iraq's MacArthur. But Israel biz ties not a crowd pleaser. Chalabi Iraqi expat arrives in homeland for first time in 45 years and wants to run the joint. And it could just happen. Al-Sahaf(Baghdad Bob) Iraqi info chief kept straight face while claiming victory even as our troups rolled...
  • We Want An Islamic State, Say Protesters

    04/15/2003 6:15:55 PM PDT · by blam · 49 replies · 222+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 4-16-2003 | Sandra Laville
    We want an Islamic state, say protesters By Sandra Laville in Nasiriyah (Filed: 16/04/2003) As America gathered its chosen leaders for the new Iraq behind barbed wire checkpoints on an airbase in the desert, the seeds of a new democracy were being scattered on the streets of Nasiriyah yesterday. Chanting "Yes, Yes, Islam, No America, No Saddam", a slogan they never dared to whisper under the old regime, Shia religious leaders led a demonstration of more than 3,000 men to protest against the US-led attempts to build a new government. Watched by hundreds who did not agree with what they...
  • 13 Points Agreed for New Iraqi Government

    04/15/2003 12:57:23 PM PDT · by Retrofire · 53 replies · 1,244+ views
    Sky News ^ | 04/15/2003 | Sky News
    REBUILDING PLAN AGREED Free Iraqis have drawn up a 13-point plan to rebuild their country following the collapse of Saddam Hussein's regime. The plan was agreed at US-hosted talks at Ur, the birthplace of the biblical prophet Abraham. The delegates also voted to meet again in 10 days' time. In a statement they said a future Iraqi government must be democratic, no leader must be imposed from outside, and the Baath party must be dissolved. As the meeting began, hundreds marched through the streets of nearby Nasiriyah protesting about US involvement in their country's future. They were concerned that the...
  • Stop Jay Garner (Lose The Peace Alert!)

    04/15/2003 1:06:04 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 25 replies · 212+ views
    Stop Jay Garner ^ | 4/15/03 | Stop Jay Garner
    This may be a vanity, but I think FR can make an exception. The easiest way to lose the peace in Iraq would be to turn the country over to the UN and the Axis Of Weasels. Alas that is exactly what the anti-America wackos, our friends in the so-called peace movement want to do next. They want to get rid of Jay Garner and the U.S military. Don't let them snatch defeat from the jaws of victory for us. Please give this website a good Freeping. Thanks.
  • Iraq Interim Head: Nation Could Be The Richest In Region - NYT

    04/15/2003 7:17:56 AM PDT · by BunnySlippers · 9 replies · 151+ views
    Dows Jones News | 4/15/03 | Brendan Walsh
    Iraq Interim Head: Nation Could Be The Richest In Region - NYT NEW YORK (Dow Jones)--Iraq could be the richest country in the Middle East within a few years after the nation's political and economic structures are remade, the retired U.S. general who will run post-war Iraq for the Bush administration said in an interview published in Tuesday's editions of the New York Times. Oil will be the basis of new wealth in Iraq, Lt. Gen. Jay Garner said. "In the next few years they will be able to double, triple their production of oil. They may become the richest...
  • U.S. Overseer Set to Remake Iraq

    04/15/2003 1:32:48 AM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 2 replies · 71+ views
    New York Times ^ | Tuesday, April 15, 2003 | By JANE PERLEZ
    April 15, 2003 U.S. Overseer Set to Remake IraqBy JANE PERLEZ UWAIT, April 14 — The retired American general who will run post-war Iraq for the Bush administration flew to Iraq today on a mission to remake the country's politics, a process he predicted would be messy and contentious. But Lt. Gen. Jay Garner insisted that American-style democracy could sprout on the shards of President Saddam Hussein's government. "I don't think they had a love-in when they had Philadelphia" in 1787, he said in an interview here before his departure. "Anytime you start the process it's fraught with dialogue, tensions,...
  • Iranian backed Shiite opposition boycotts US meeting

    04/14/2003 7:38:07 PM PDT · by freedom44 · 26 replies · 230+ views
    Financial Review ^ | 4/14/03 | Financial Review
    The biggest Iraqi Shi'ite opposition group says it will boycott a US-hosted meeting of opposition factions on Tuesday. It also says it will not recognise a US-installed interim administration for Iraq. A senior leader of the Supreme Council of the Islamic Revolution of Iraq, Abdul Aziz Hakim, told a news conference on Monday his group would not be going to the meeting of US officials and Iraqi political parties opposed to ousted President Saddam Hussein in the southern Iraqi city of Nasiriyah. "We will not attend the meeting in Nasiriyah because the Iraqi people won't accept preparations for an administration...
  • Iraq faces battle for peaceful transition

    04/13/2003 8:15:55 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 4 replies · 161+ views
    The Sunday Times ^ | April 13 2003
    THE dramatic toppling of a huge statue of Saddam Hussein in the centre of Baghdad symbolically ushered in Iraq's new era – hopefully with freedom and prosperity ahead. But Iraq has paid a huge price for its freedom from Saddam's brutal regime. It will prove to have been worth the upheaval and the lives lost only if the country is eventually run by a truly democratic government based on the rule of law. Iraq's short and long-term problems are immense. After initial rejoicing, Baghdad descended into lawlessness and chaos. No functioning government exists. Hospitals packed with wounded are in an...
  • General promises a 'big tent' for Iraqis

    04/12/2003 11:34:03 PM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 1 replies · 151+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Sunday, April 13, 2003 | By Paul Martin
    <p>KUWAIT CITY — Retired Army Lt. Gen. Jay Garner, chosen to lead Iraq's postwar reconstruction, yesterday promised a "big tent" for Iraqis of all persuasions at a crucial meeting in Nasiriyah Tuesday to begin building a democracy.</p> <p>About 100 people have been invited to the meeting by Gen. Tommy Franks, the Central Command chief. About one-third will be Iraqis who have been living abroad and two-thirds from inside Iraq.</p>
  • U.S. to Convene Iraq Meeting in Nassiriya Tuesday

    04/11/2003 2:21:39 PM PDT · by knak · 5 replies · 221+ views
    reuters ^ | 4/11/03
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States said on Friday it would convene a meeting of Iraqis in the southern city of Nassiriya on Tuesday to discuss the future of Iraq (news - web sites) and an eventual interim authority to govern the country. The meeting, which a U.S. official said was to be chaired by U.S. presidential envoy Zalmay Khalilzad, was expected to be the first in a series Washington aims to organize leading to a Baghdad conference to choose an Iraqi governing authority. It was expected to include Iraqis from inside and outside the country, including opposition figures and...
  • From Kuwait, a Retired General Plans a New Iraq (targeted by Left)

    04/11/2003 11:56:41 AM PDT · by Ooh-Ah · 11 replies · 380+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | April 11, 2003 | Michael Dobbs
    (Excerpts from the Washington Post) A few months ago, Jay Garner was leading a quiet and very comfortable life in an upscale Orlando suburb not far from Disney World. Today, the retired three-star general has one of the most high-profile jobs in the world: launching the U.S. attempt to rebuild Iraq after the fall of Saddam Hussein. Named by the Pentagon to head reconstruction efforts in Iraq, the former military troubleshooter won high marks for running a very successful humanitarian relief operation in northern Iraq after the 1991 Persian Gulf War. But he has also stirred controversy, particularly in the...
  • US post-war administration plan draws Arab fire

    04/10/2003 2:46:05 PM PDT · by Shermy · 15 replies · 162+ views
    Agence France Presse ^ | Aporil 10, 2003
    CAIRO (AFP) - US plans to set up a provisional administration in Iraq headed by retired army general Jay Garner, known to have close ties with Israel, have drawn criticism from across the Arab world. Arab heavyweights Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Syria in unison called for allowing the Iraqi people chose its government as quickly as possible. "Iraqi citizens should be left free to form their own government; it should not be imposed by a foreign country or because of foreign presence in Iraq," said Arab League chief Amr Mussa. Saudi Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal said here Thursday he agreed...
  • Under New Management: Garner Plan Will Divide The Country (Iraq) Into Three Zones

    04/09/2003 5:32:36 PM PDT · by blam · 5 replies · 253+ views
    Independent (UK) ^ | 4-10-2003 | Raymond Whitaker
    Under new management: Garner plan will divide the country into three zones By Raymond Whitaker 10 April 2003 Iraq is to be divided into three zones by the interim civil administration headed by the retired American general Jay Garner, whose staff have just established a foothold in the far south of Iraq. Speaking a day after a team from Mr Garner's Office for Reconstruction and Humanitarian Assistance (ORHA) arrived in the port of Umm Qasr, a spokesman said the first priority was to bring in aid. "In many ways we are learning as we go," said Major Jeff Jurgensen, one...
  • Pro-Israel Stance May Hurt General's Credibility in Iraq

    04/09/2003 12:10:26 AM PDT · by JohnGaltSpeaking · 14 replies · 207+ views
    Fox News Website ^ | 04-08-2003 | Associated Press
    <p>WASHINGTON — The retired Army general who will oversee the rebuilding of Iraq signed a statement that accused Palestinians of filling their children with hate and that praised Israel -- comments that could complicate his new job in the tinderbox Persian Gulf.</p>
  • Iraq's New Government Is Ready and Waiting

    04/08/2003 9:19:50 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 4 replies · 344+ views
    Fortune Magazine ^ | April 8, 2003 | Jeffrey H. Birnbaum
    President Bush is battling with other world leaders over how much control of post-war Iraq the U.S. will relinquish to an international coalition. Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair debated that, among other issues, during their summit Monday in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Blair, unlike Bush, would like to have a strong presence of United Nations peacekeepers in Iraq after the conflict is over. But one big question is already settled. The post-war governor of Iraq will be an American named Jay Garner. He's the most important corporate executive you never heard of before the war. And while the...
  • US begins the process of 'regime change'

    04/05/2003 7:14:22 PM PST · by LisaAnne · 20 replies · 206+ views
    The Observer ^ | Sunday April 6, 2003 | Ed Vulliamy in New York and Kamal Ahmed
    The US is ready to install the first leg of an interim government for the new Iraq as early as Tuesday, even while fighting still rages in Baghdad, officials said yesterday. America's readiness to establish the first stages of a civil administration to run post-war Iraq comes at lightning speed and constitutes a rebuff to European ambitions to stall on the process until some kind of role for the United Nations is agreed. It was reported yesterday that the National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice has also ruled out any key role for the UN. The decision to proceed with an...
  • U.S. to Start Installing Postwar Iraq Administration (within days)

    04/05/2003 11:42:13 AM PST · by PoisedWoman · 2 replies · 201+ views
    Reuters - Yahoo News ^ | 4/5/03 | By Mona Megalli
    DUBAI (Reuters) - The United States plans to install the first stages of a civil administration to run post-War Iraq (news - web sites) in the southern port of Umm Qasr within days, a U.S. official said on Saturday. Members of the Pentagon (news - web sites)'s Office of Reconstruction and Humanitarian Assistance (ORHA) are scheduled to start operating in the port as early as Tuesday, the official said. "What we are going to start trying to do, even before the fighting is over in Iraq, is to move to the areas in Iraq that are relatively peaceful, places like...