STRANGE BEDFELLOWS….Jonathan Gradowski points out an oddity about our mission to the UN: the French are pushing for an ultra-fast transfer of civilian power and one of their chief supporters is good old Ahmed Chalabi, the Pentagon’s favorite Iraqi exile.

Jonathan has some thoughts on this, none of them comforting. I can’t really makes heads or tails of this situation, aside from the fact that Chalabi is obviously unhappy that he lost out in the internal administration power struggle over who would control postwar Iraq, and figures this is now his best chance to get back in the game.

He better be careful, though. Maybe he figures he has nothing to lose at this point, but if he has any allies left among the administration’s hawks at all, buddying up with the French is probably a fast way to lose them.