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Thursday, May 20, 2004
 
Chalabi Raid a Fraud

I'm going out on a limb and calling it now. They had him, but they didn't arrest him.

Hmm...red flag, red flag...oh, here:

A spokesman for the American occupation authorities said today that the Coalition Provisional Authority and its top official, L. Paul Bremer III, were not involved in the raids, and he referred all questions to the Iraqi police, which, the spokesman said, had planned and conducted the operations.

Mr. Bremer, the spokesman said, "did not know the operation was occurring today" and was notified only after it had gotten under way.


There is absolutely no way the Iraqi "police" would move against Chalabi without explicit orders from the U.S.

Supposedly, Chalabi has had the full run of Saddam's intelligence files. I'm sure he's covered his ass in triplicate. Any real examination of his doings would expose an awful lot of things that the Bush administration never wants to see the light of day. Never going to happen.

This can only mean that they're going after Sadr sooner rather than later. His removal will create a huge power vaccuum among Iraqi Shi'ites. If enough Iraqis are convinced by this ruse, Chalabi will be in a position to emerge as a leader among the Shi'a, or so the thinking goes. I'll believe it when I see it. My guess is that Sistani nips this one definitively in the bud.

Edit: Dumb title mistake fixed.