Sunday | October 05, 2003
White House Centralizes Control Over Afghan, Iraq Missions
By Meteor Blades
Get ready to start hearing a lot from Anna Perez. She’s Condoleeza’s Rice's communications director. As part of the Administration’s reorganization of the way it is operating in Afghanistan and Iraq, she will "focus on a coordinated media message — a response to concerns about the daily reports of attacks on American troops and lawlessness in the streets."
In a profoundly parsable front-page article in the Monday New York Times, the Administration has established the "Iraq Stabilization Group," which Rice will run.
Nothing in the Times article suggests that this overhaul amounts to anything more than rearranging the deck chairs.
"This puts accountability right into the White House," a senior administration official said.
Golly, we’d thought that’s where it was supposed to be all along.
"The president knows his legacy, and maybe his re-election, depends on getting this right, " another administration official said.
Ah, now we're getting warmer.
The same official added, "This is as close as anyone will come to acknowledging that it's not working."
Bingo. Who says you can never get the truth from this Administration?
If you really want Anna Perez to catch our attention, Ms. Rice, focus some of your reorganizational energy on figuring out whether those Halliburton contracts, now at $3.1 billion and climbing, are making things better for Iraqis and American soldiers, or worse.