Kagan: de-Baathification law = ‘civil rights legislation.’

In an interview on the Hugh Hewitt radio show, AEI’s Fred Kagan, an architect of President Bush’s “surge” strategy, said the new de-Baathification law is the beginning of a new era of “civil rights legislation” in Iraq:

20050719_kagan_85.jpgWell, it’s important, and it really is quite an accomplishment. … [I]t requires the Shia to accept having former Baathists in the government. It requires the Sunni to accept that some Sunni Baathists are not going to be in the government. This was a really, this was sort of their, the beginning of their civil rights legislation. And there’s a long way to go, and the implication of this is going to be very important, but it’s really quite significant.

The deeply-flawed and divisive legislation was also trumpeted today by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Gen. Petraeus, and Ambassador Ryan Crocker.