Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Allawi's CIA links not a problem for Iraqis
'Mr. Allawi is known for his decade of work in trying to topple Mr. Hussein, but he is a former Baathist himself, with suggestions among those who regard him with suspicion that he once engaged in thuggish work on the party’s behalf. That tough-guy past, even his former association with the Central Intelligence Agency, seems to warm the hearts of many Iraqis who miss Mr. Hussein’s iron-fisted ways. “That Allawi worked for the C.I.A. may be a problem for Americans,” an Iraqi journalist said in conversation recently, “but it is not a problem for Iraqis.” '