Across the Bay

Saturday, April 24, 2004

Follow up on Chalabi

An-Nahar ran this report claiming that the US is "re-evaluating" Chalabi and several other members of the CPA.

According to the report (which is the same as this one in the Washington Post mentioned by Juan Cole), the White House was quite displeased with Chalabi's comments after the US partially reversed the de-Baathification policy. Chalabi likened the hiring of former low-key Baathists to Nazis returning to power in post-war Germany.

This validates Cole's suspicions that the de-Baathification plan was a powerful tool in Chalabi's hands which enabled him to blackmail and muscle people. Therefore, its reversal does sting him (which would explain his comments!), and might signal a potential sidelining, although we'll have to wait and see.