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Wednesday, June 16, 2004

Burn Those Bridges!

The usually brilliant Billmon is being brilliant--as usual. He notes the following story:
Coalition officials said they would hand over the civilian part of Baghdad International Airport to Iraqi authorities about July 1 and the military side by mid-August, a senior coalition official said.
The preceding paragraph in the story?
An Iraqi police officer was killed and five Iraqi civilians were wounded when a roadside bomb exploded near a U.S. convoy in Ramadi. U.S. Marines arrested seven Iraqis, including six members of the Iraqi Civil Defense Force, for alleged involvement in the attack, military officials said. (emphasis added)
Billmon suggests that the CPA would be a lot smarter to turn over Saddam and keep the airport, since it's likely to be their only way out of Dodge when the Iraqis REALLY claim their sovereignty.