Deadline: June 30

As the U.S. races to complete the transfer of power in Iraq by the end of June, the Administration is increasingly seeing much of its job as a p.r. effort. The goal: to make it appear that the transition is going smoothly and to ensure that if a full-fledged democracy isn't up and running by the time Iraqis take charge of their government, whatever the U.S. leaves behind looks as if it's headed in the right direction. "The actual transition to democracy is paramount," says Deputy National Security Adviser James Wilkinson. "But democracy in Iraq won't be successful unless there are...

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