The administration has been bragging that this is a major milestone in Iraq, and the media hasn’t been far behind. Now more details are emerging and it seems the law has some major problems:
But now, under new legislation promoted as way to return former Baathists to public life, the 56-year-old and thousands like him could be forced out of jobs they have been allowed to hold, according to Iraqi lawmakers and the government agency that oversees ex-Baathists.
“This new law is very confusing,” Awadi said. “I don’t really know what it means for me.”
He is not alone. More than a dozen Iraqi lawmakers, U.S. officials and former Baathists here and in exile expressed concern in interviews that the law could set off a new purge of ex-Baathists, the opposite of U.S. hopes for the legislation.
There are other problems with the law that the blogosphere was also reporting on. When will the media give us an actual assessment of it instead of totting out a new round of GOP talking points?