Sunday, February 22, 2004

UN vs. France

Back in September of 2003, de Villepin outlined the French government's vision of a new Iraq. According to the French minister, the "timetable ought to anticipate the stages of a constitutional process targeting the submission of a draft text before year end. General elections could be envisaged for as soon as possible, spring 2004." Well spring 2004 is approaching, yet last week, Kofi Annan recommended against holding elections in Iraq before the June 30 U.S. transfer of power to Iraqis. Although hindsight is always 20/20, one can only wonder whether de Villepin's ridiculous proposal was made in good faith or, instead, was nothing more than a public relations stunt that enabled France to appear as an eager advocate for Iraqi independence while compounding American problems in Iraq with an unrealistic timetable for sovereignty.

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