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By Tumbler   June 2003

Why Garner had to go

The appointment of Jerry Bremer as new Viceroy in Iraq (replacing former General Jay Garner) has baffled those who see all Washington in-fighting as part of the endless war between Pentagon and state department. Not this time. State and Pentagon combined to knife Garner, despite his old friendship with Secretary of State Colin Powell. The diplomats complained that Garner seemed to have no Iraqi contacts beyond the Kurds and exiles like Ahmad Chalabi. But the real problem was the Pentagon. Army chief of staff General Eric Shinseki steps down in June, and the favourite to…

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