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July 17, 2005

Iraq’s elections

Paid for by the Banana Republicans:

In the months before the Iraqi elections in January, President Bush approved a plan to provide covert support to certain Iraqi candidates and political parties, but rescinded the proposal because of Congressional opposition, current and former government officials said Saturday.
In a statement issued in response to questions about a report in the next issue of The New Yorker, Frederick Jones, the spokesman for the National Security Council, said that “in the final analysis, the president determined and the United States government adopted a policy that we would not try - and did not try - to influence the outcome of the Iraqi election by covertly helping individual candidates for office.”
… [But] the article, by Seymour M. Hersh, reports that the administration proceeded with the covert plan over the Congressional objections. Several senior Bush administration officials disputed that, although they recalled renewed discussions within the administration last fall about how the United States might counter what was seen as extensive Iranian support to pro-Iranian Shiite parties.
… The article cites unidentified former military and intelligence officials who said the administration went ahead with covert election activities in Iraq that “were conducted by retired C.I.A. officers and other non-government personnel, and used funds that were not necessarily appropriated by Congress.”

So much for free and unfettered.

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