Iraq The Power Struggle: Lakhdar Brahimi: Security ... Is Just Impossible

U.N. envoy Lakhdar Brahimi spoke with TIME's Vivienne Walt in his makeshift office in the Republican Palace in Baghdad last week. Excerpts:

THERE ARE MANY IRAQIS WHO SAY YOU ARE BASICALLY LEGITIMIZING THE OCCUPATION. Look, there may have been a case for saying that before. We may have legitimized the occupation when the occupation was trying to establish itself after the war. Now the occupation is saying, We want to go away. If we are helping the occupation do anything, we're helping them get out.

But I am telling Iraqis, If you expect that on the 30th of June, midnight, 135,000...

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