Monday, November 17, 2003

Viceroy Jerry Smackdown

All is not well:

ROME (AP) - An Italian official resigned from the U.S.-led administration running Iraq and sharply criticised it, saying the authority "simply doesn't work," the Foreign Ministry and news reports said Monday.

Marco Calamai, a special counselor of the Coalition Provisional Authority in the province of Dhi Qar, told reporters in the province's main town of Nasiriyah on Sunday that he had become completely disillusioned with the U.S.-led authority headed by L. Paul Bremer.

He said only an interim authority headed by the United Nations could turn things around.

"The provisional authority simply doesn't work," the Italian daily Corriere della Sera quoted Calamai as saying. "It's neither fish nor fowl. Reconstruction projects that were promised and financed have had practically no results."