Gentlemen! We’ve got to protect our phoney-baloney jobs!
All the news that fit to re-elect:
Known as the Green Room, the press office is inside coalition headquarters in the Republican Palace that used to belong to Saddam Hussein (news – web sites). The palace is in central Baghdad’s heavily fortified Green Zone.
The office counts 21 Republicans â€” 11 of whom have worked inside the Bush administration before their Iraq posting â€” among its 58 U.S. civilian staffers, according to figures Senor provided.
More than half a dozen CPA officials in the press office worked on Bush’s 2000 presidential campaign or are related to Bush campaign workers, according to payroll records filed with the Federal Elections Commission.
Republican figures also permeate the wider CPA staff, including top advisers to U.S. administrator L. Paul Bremer and the Iraqi ministries.
The U.S. team stands in deep contrast to the British team that works alongside it, almost all of whom are civil or foreign service employees, not political appointees. Many of the British in Iraq display regional knowledge or language skills that most of the Americans lack.
The drive to re-elect Bush is a sensitive topic. Several coalition officials angered by what they see as CPA politicking â€” with U.S. accomplishments in Iraq being trumpeted to help Bush â€” grumbled privately, but would not go on record with complaints.
But Gordon Robison, a former CPA contractor who helped build the Pentagon (news – web sites)-funded Al-Iraqiya television station in Baghdad, said Republicans in the press room intensely followed the Democratic presidential primaries as John Kerry (news – web sites) emerged as the presumed nominee.
“Iraq is in danger of costing George W. Bush his presidency and the CPA’s media staff are determined to see that does not happen,” Robison said. “I had the impression in dealing with the civilians in the Green Room that they viewed their job as essentially political, promoting what the Coalition Provisional Authority is doing in Iraq as a political arm of the Bush administration,” he added.
…and we all know how bad the job picture is back in the good old USA.