Iraq The Power Struggle: The Man With The Plan

Lakhdar Brahimi is the diplomat who is supposed to have one. But the job of moving Iraq toward political independence is tough when the Iraqis can't agree and the U.S. hovers

For a man burdened with the immediate political fate of 24 million Iraqis--and, quite possibly, one President of the United States--Lakhdar Brahimi keeps an office in central Baghdad that is anything but grand. He sits in his windowless office along a hallway in the headquarters of the American-led occupation that once was a cavernous palace belonging to Saddam Hussein. The massive central rotunda so reminds Brahimi of the spaceship in his favorite movie, Star Wars, that when he enters, he mutters, "Aaah, this is the mother ship.'' His working space is cramped, just 10 ft. by 12 ft., with a small,...

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