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Både Aftenposten og NTB siterer Paul Bremers kritikk av Pentagon og Bush-administrasjonen for å ha oppløst den irakiske hæren og ikke forutsett opprøret. Men ingen av dem spør seg om Bremer kanskje er ute etter å forsvare sin plass i historien.

Begge gjengir ukritisk Bremers anklager mot Washington. Alt for ofte ser vi denne tendensen: En story med kritikk av USA brukes for hva den er verdt.

The Times anmelder Bremers bok. Avisen påpeker det opplagte faktum at Bremer må dele på skylden/ansvaret. Han var faktisk øverste sivile myndighet.

PAUL BREMER wins the Mandy Rice-Davies prize for predictable self-justification.
He blames the worst mistakes of the US occupation of Iraq on (in order): the Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, the Pentagon, the White House, the Turks and the British. Anyone but him, that is, in his role as America’s top official in Iraq in the year after Baghdad fell. He has been made the fall guy, he suggests, for Washington decisions.

All the same, in his account of that stormy year, published this week in the US, he does a good job of defending policy — including the decisions often cited as his worst mistakes.

Well he would say that, wouldn’t he?