Iraq named a team on Friday to organize its first free elections in January, the next step in establishing its independence from U.S. military occupation.(Emphasis added)
The formal selection of the electoral commission came three days after the appointment of an interim government in a process overseen by Washington with U.N. participation.
The new government told the United Nations it wanted the right to decide on the future presence of U.S.-led forces and other security issues but in general sided with Washington.
The United States is trying to persuade other major powers, including France and Russia, to support a U.N. mandate to keep U.S.-led troops in Iraq until the country has a fully legitimate, constitutionally elected government -- scheduled for about 18 months time in the current U.S. transition plan.
How sadly political it will be if the UN Security Council does not immediately honor this request by Iraq.