Tension Builds over Postwar Plans ; Both the International Community and US Officials Wrangle over Roles in Iraq's Rebuilding

By Howard LaFranchi writer of The Christian Science Monitor | The Christian Science Monitor, April 7, 2003 | Go to article overview

Tension Builds over Postwar Plans ; Both the International Community and US Officials Wrangle over Roles in Iraq's Rebuilding


Howard LaFranchi writer of The Christian Science Monitor, The Christian Science Monitor


President Bush meets Monday in Northern Ireland with British Prime Minister Tony Blair for talks that will include the politically touchy topic of Iraq's postwar reconstruction - an issue that is hardly settled in Washington.

The fierce battle, which is playing out between the State Department and the Pentagon over who will win what reconstruction role, may look like insider politics, but its impact will be widely felt. The outcome will largely determine everything from how a multibillion-dollar Iraq remake is paid for and which Iraqis gain the upper hand in a postwar government, to how America deals with the world for years to come.

"These are uncharted waters for the United States. We don't know what we're getting into, but the route we take will influence so much - even who our friends are and how the United Nations functions in the future," says Charles Dunbar, a former US ambassador to several Middle Eastern countries.

White House moves

The White House took steps Friday to calm speculation swirling around the reconstruction question. National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice said that an "interim authority" planned for tapping Iraqis will include those both inside the country and from the exile community.

The US will take the lead in both immediate relief work and long- term reconstruction, she said, because the US and coalition countries have paid for that right "with life and blood." The international community, especially the UN, will have a role to play - although Dr. Rice said it is "yet to be determined."

The White House envisions the Defense Department as the lead force in the reconstruction effort, with Mr. Bush already designating Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and the Pentagon to spearhead post-conflict relief and rebuilding work.

In essence, Mr. Rumsfeld wants Iraq's reconstruction to be - and to appear to the world, for the purposes of the all-important public- relations battle - a largely American affair. This vision allows little room other than a humanitarian role for international agencies such as the UN, which the Pentagon's civilian leadership views as having not only lost the "relevancy test" Bush laid out for it, but also worked against America's security interests.

In some ways, it's a classic "to the victor go the spoils" vision of postwar planning. Pentagon planners, backed by Vice President Dick Cheney, believe the remodeling of postwar Iraq is too important to trust to "failed" institutions and dubious friends. Rumsfeld also favors a central role for Iraqi exile groups that the Pentagon has built a close relationship with over recent years. That includes the Iraqi National Congress and its leader, Ahmad Chalabi.

The State Department scenario, which Secretary of State Colin Powell talked up with European allies in a quick trip across the Atlantic last week, envisions a broader role for international players.

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