... The fact that, for fear of attacks, a ceremony under massive security could not go ahead as planned, amounts to an admission of failure.
The handover, moved up two days by the United States, thus gives the impression of an escape from responsibility.
What was hastily completed evidently was not the transfer of power but the transfer of chaos. ...
Despite all their victorious rhetoric, the American diplomats under governor Paul Bremer are leaving Iraq as losers.
They leave behind them some 150,000 soldiers with an impossible job.
Because of the weakness of Iraqi security forces, they must stay in the country. But it is precisely their presence as supposed peacekeepers that attracts troublemakers.
Sueddeutsche Zeitung, Munich, Germany
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