White House Behind the Curve on Iraq

Apparently President Bush isn’t the only one in the White House who just skims the headlines.


Armed men entered Baghdad’s municipal building during a blinding dust storm on Monday, deposed the city’s mayor and installed a member of Iraq’s most powerful Shiite militia. …

“This is the new Iraq,” said [Alaa al-Tamimi, the deposed mayor], a secular engineer with no party affiliation. “They use force to achieve their goal.” …

The man the group installed, Hussein al-Tahaan, is a member of the Badr Organization, the armed militia of the Supreme Council for Islamic Revolution in Iraq [the political party of Iraqi Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari].


Q: Trent, the mayor of Baghdad says he’s been deposed by armed gunmen and replaced by a member of a Shiite militia. Is the President aware of that? Is it a point of concern for the administration, in terms of how Baghdad is being run?

MR. DUFFY: I don’t have anything for you on that, Bill. I can check into it.