Wednesday, April 30, 2003

# Posted 11:39 PM by Ariel David Adesnik  

CIVILIAN CHIEF APPOINTED FOR IRAQ: The President has appointed L. Paul Bremer, former head of counterterrorism at the State Department, to head the transition authority in Iraq.

Bremer was an assistant to Kissinger during his tenure as Secretary of State and later joined Kissinger Associates after his departure from the State Department. Which brings to mind one simple question: Can this man be trusted? Let's just say that the last person I would appoint to promote democracy in Iraq -- or anywhere -- is someone who was close to Kissinger.

But perhaps Bremer I shouldn't judge Bremer by who his friends are. When it comes to dealing with such folks, I think it's best to follow Ronald Reagan's advice and "trust, but verify". I'll let you all know what I turn up on Bremer.
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