On Wednesday, the US is supposed to turn over political authority to run Iraq to the interim council. I hope those guys have read the fine print in the contract. All those footnotes basically say that we get to veto just about anything they do that we don’t like.
Among the other "democratic" features of this turn-over of "control" is that a commission chosen by Paul Bremer, the US Administrator for Iraq, can decide who will be able to run for office and which parties can field candidates when elections finally roll around. Bremer has also appointed a variety of people to serve in key positions within the new government for the next five years and they can’t be fired no matter who is elected.
Combine this arrangement for babysitting the "sovereignty" of the country with the fact that both W and Kerry want to send more troops to Iraq and it looks like we are going to be stuck with this mess for a long time to come.