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May 20, 2004

Chilled Chalabi

Pentagon favorite Ahmad Chalabi was served notice the romance is over. Iraqi police trashed his house Thursday, and the $340,000 a month the United States paid his Iraqi National Congress party ends June 30.

No one knows for sure where power is headed in six weeks with the handover, but it is not going to Chalabi. Early on he was the favorite to sit atop whatever form of government emerged after the removal of Saddam Hussein. Now Chalabi is on the outs with the Coalition Provisional Authority and marginalized in the Iraqi Governing Council.

Chalabi had not lived in Iraq for 40 years, but he purred the right words in receptive ears at the Pentagon and Bush White House. CNN reports he is widely believed to be the source of intelligence about the alleged weapons of mass destruction that have not turned up. He also pushed the short-sighted plan to remove all Baath Party members from Iraqi public life.

Lately he had pushed for Iraqi control of all security forces after the handover. Chalabi made himself a nuisance and he became expendable. He was useful when he said things others wanted to here. Chalabi's mistake was not being wrong, but not shutting up.

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Posted by Lance Dickie at May 20, 2004 01:22 PM



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