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Tom Brown
Tom Brown
Battle Lines is an ongoing Web log (blog) dedicated to providing a broad perspective on the latest news and developments from the war in Iraq. Response and suggestions are welcomed.

Tom Brown has been an editor, reporter and software analyst for The Seattle Times for 20 years.

April 01, 2003

Defense and State departments squabble over postwar plans

The Pentagon and the State Department are into some pretty serious bickering over what the U.S.-controlled postwar Iraqi government should look like.

State proposed that the team include eight present and former State Department officials, including some ambassadors to Arab countries. They were initially cleared, then were told they weren't going.

Instead, the Washington Post reports, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld is trying to "ensure the Pentagon controls every aspect of reconstructing the country and forming a new government." One of his choices is former CIA director R. James Woolsey.

Josh Marshall, who consistently has informed comment on his blog site, Talking Points Memo, also takes on the postwar government question.

Where's Geraldo update

Coming home soon. He agreed to leave voluntarily, rather than be expelled, after military officials said he had "compromised operational security" at the unit he was covering.

And where's Peter Arnett?

The Daily Mirror in London has hired him. The paper opposes the war in Iraq.

"I report the truth of what is happening in Baghdad and will not apologize for it," the tabloid quoted Arnett as saying.

But he did apologize for saying on Iraqi TV that the U.S. war plan had failed after NBC, MSNBC and National Geographic Explorer all fired him.

But that was yesterday. Oh, well.

Posted by tbrown at April 1, 2003 10:45 AM

Tom Brown Katherine Long, research editor at the Seattle Times and 18-year editor and reporter, substituted for Tom Brown the week of April 14.

April 2003
March 2003

Signing off
The Saddam Files
Demonstrations in Karbala
Building a government from scratch
Smoking gun?
The irony of freedom
Where are the weapons?
Cultural advisors quit over antiquities issue
Baghdad reality check


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