If it wasn’t for the last minute, nothing would get done.
I like to think I’m an average student (although I just found
out that at 23 I am considered a non-traditional student) and when
it comes to deadlines, I live by the last minute.
I would have never thought President Bush and I had anything in
common, but it seems we both like to wait until the last minute to
get anything done. If there is a paper due on Friday, you can be
assured I’m not starting that paper until Thursday night or Friday
morning – depending how long the paper is. And if there is a June
30 deadline to hand over sovereignty to a nation, you can be
assured Bush has no idea what he is doing.
Bush held a primetime press conference on April 13. When asked
by reporters who the United States was handing power over to, he
responded with, “We’ll have to see.”
That’s like coming up with a topic for your final thesis the
night before it’s due.
And when you’re under the gun, you will resort to almost
anything to meet that deadline. For students, that means playing
with the margins or using Helvetica instead of Times Roman to meet
that 15-page length (my personal favorite is going into the line
spacing and changing it from 2.0 to 2.25 spacing – you can thank me
But for Bush, with the June 30 deadline looming, it means
handing over the government to a handpicked interim council with no
real power, while retaining, for all intents and purposes, all real
governing power. Since the U.S.-led occupation regime will have a
hand in choosing Iraq’s next government, the body will lack a
mandate for anything but administrative tasks. Many envision a team
of nonpartisan Iraqi technocrats who concentrate on keeping the
country functioning, according to Newsweek.
“We don’t expect them to enact any laws unless there is absolute
need for them,” said Iraqi Governing Council member Adnan Pachachi
to Newsweek. “We’re not going to enter into any big contractual
obligations – either diplomatically or economically – because those
things should be done by an elected government.”
The short-lived government’s main work includes passing the 2005
national budget and preparing for elections, the U.S. official told
reporters in a dinner meeting.
The 130,000 U.S. troops will have commanding power over the
country, not the interim governing council. And in addition,
America’s ambassador to Iraq will also have a say in the spending
of $8 billion of the massive $18.4 billion U.S.-aid package
approved by Congress in November, a huge tool with which to
influence Iraq’s affairs and thus deny the Iraqis power.
It’s an insult to the Iraqis we were there to liberate.
Elections in Iraq are in January, but until then the 110,000 U.S.
and ally forces are the ones with the real power there.
Can we fairly say that Iraqis have any more freedom than they
did when Saddam Hussein was in power? I mean, it’s not like we are
abusing prisoners or torturing them in the same prison Hussein
tortured and abused prisoners, right? It’s not like the United
States shut down Iraqi media when they print or broadcast news the
U.S. military doesn’t agree with, right? The U.S. military shut
down the Al-Hawza newspaper on March 28, saying it was inciting
violence against troops. I mean, it’s not like we picked out a flag
for them that resembled the Israeli flag, which was a complete
insult to the Muslim country.
While my procrastination might resort in me having to live with
a C in a class, Bush’s procrastination will have the United States
remaining with a tarnished foreign-affairs record, a reputation in
the international scene as being imperialistic and leaving a
country no better off than it was before.