A First Victory for the INC?
It would seem that the much derided Iraqi National Congress, in the person of this guy, has just grabbed the governorship of Baghdad. Good news for the INC if he's managed to get his hands on some actual power, but bad news for the State Department folks who don't want them running Iraq. I would think that if you run Baghdad with something resembling legitimacy, you've just gotten a massive headstart on everybody else vying for power in post-war Iraq.
I have to admit that I don't know a huge amount about the INC. Their relationship with Israel is said to be good, and that jibes with them having a tight relationship with the DOD. Rumsfeld has pretty much gotten his way all the way down the line since the war began, and I would think that if he wants them, and if they demonstrate something resembling competence, there's a good chance Achmed Chalabi will get his chance to be president after all.