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Diverse group agrees on Iraqi rule

Dec. 7, 2003 at 10:16 PM

WASHINGTON, Dec. 7 (UPI) -- A diverse group of politicians agreed Sunday the United States must let Iraqis dictate what kind of government will ultimately rule their country.

Sen. Christopher Dodd, D-Conn.; Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Neb.; White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card and Jordan's King Abdullah II all appeared Sunday on CNN's "Late Edition with Wolf Blitzer."

Dodd warned it would be a "huge mistake" for the United States to impose a government on Iraq and the United Nations should oversee any elections.

Hagel agreed and said the United States should not interfere even if the Iraqis choose a fundamentalist regime.

Abdullah cautioned, "There needs to be some homework done to make sure that all of Iraqi society has a fair chance at elections," he said.

Card noted it took "an awful long time" for the United States to develop its own Constitution, and the Iraqi people are being asked to do it "in a record fast time."

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