The Allawi Endorsement?

THE ALLAWI ENDORSEMENT?….For some reason, the Iraqi government decided just two weeks ago to finally come clean and tell the IAEA ? which in 2003 had warned that “terrorists might be helping ‘themselves to the greatest explosives bonanza in history'” ? that 380 tons of high explosives had gone missing. This weekend the Iraqi minister of science and technology confirmed the story.

Then, today, Iraq’s interim prime minister, Ayad Allawi, said that the recent massacre of 49 Iraqi National Guard recruits was due to the “gross negligence” of foreign troops ? i.e., Americans.

Am I the only one wondering why the Iraqi government suddenly seems to be so eager to release information that’s obviously harmful to George Bush’s reelection prospects? Has Ayad Allawi had a sudden change of heart about who he’d like to see in the White House next year?

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