The way the press is covering this latest Bush/Cheney charade, shows beyond a doubt that the establishment Fourth Estate has ceded its independence, and no longer has the self-respect necessary to keep the trust of its readers.
From Newsday 5-29-04:
"While the flashier Chalabi, also a member of the Governing Council, is better known, Allawi has used his family's considerable wealth to burnish his image in the West. In recent months, a relative and supporter in England had paid more than $300,000 to lobbying firms in the United States to promote Allawi among American decision-makers, according to published reports.
On the Governing Council, Allawi has been in charge of security, a reason council members gave for his selection as prime minister. One of his relatives, Ali Allawi, is defense minister."