Thursday, March 27, 2003

US won't cede control of Iraq to UN

The United States will not cede control of Iraq to the United Nations if and when it overthrows President Saddam Hussein, Secretary of State Colin Powell said.

"We didn't take on this huge burden with our coalition partners not to be able to have a significant dominating control over how it unfolds in the future," Mr Powell told a House of Representatives subcommittee.

"We would not support... essentially handing everything over to the UN for someone designated by the UN to suddenly become in charge of this whole operation."

"We have picked on a greater obligation, to make sure there is a functioning Iraqi government that is supported by the coalition, the centre of gravity remaining with the coalition, military and civilian," he said.

A unilateral policy widely practiced by the Goths, Vandals, Vikings and Romans, known and loved as "To the victors the spoils". All hail Caligula W. who, having been away the day they did spelling, is soon to appoint his arse Pro Consul to Iraq.

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Iraq has executed some prisoners of war in what the Pentagon's No. 2 general described Wednesday as one of many "disgusting" war crimes committed by forces loyal to Saddam Hussein.

"They have executed prisoners of war," said Gen. Peter Pace, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, in an interview on CNN's "Larry King Live."

Pace did not elaborate. Earlier in the day, Pentagon sources told CNN they were looking into a report that Iraqi soldiers shot dead seven U.S. Army soldiers as they were surrendering with their hands up Sunday.

They HAVE executed POWs? May well be so ... but the evidence for this unambiguous assertion? Non elaboration and a "looking into a report". Reasonable doubt? Balance of probability? Go for it Gen. Goebbels, we believe you unreservedly ... especially as you have chosen a TV programme as the sober platform to mount your claims.

"We will be right back with claims by General Pace that Saddam once shared a meal with Jeffrey Dahmer straight after this message from our sponsors."