Upsetting
Saturday, June 21, 2003
 
WASHINGTON -- Rep. Mark Steven Kirk (R-Ill.), who travels to Jordan and possibly Baghdad this weekend, said the Bush administration must figure out an "exit strategy" on Iraq, quickly install Iraqis in key positions and end non-emergency, no-bid reconstruction contracts.

"I am impatient about seeing an Iraqi face on this government," Kirk said Thursday.

He is part of a congressional delegation flying to the Jordanian capital of Amman for a meeting on the future of the Mideast sponsored by the World Economic Forum.

Kirk expects to meet there with L. Paul Bremer III, the U.S.-appointed civil administrator for Iraq.

"We need to see Iraqis running Iraq," Kirk said. "When do I see a national police chief? When do I see a minister of health? When do we expect to see an interim government?

"I am very frustrated that on television so far, we are only seeing Americans, and we want to see Iraqis," he said.

His impatience and criticism of the Bush administration are telling, coming from one of the lawmakers the White House deputized to help sell the war authorization vote to Congress.
 
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