June 2, 2004
Iraqi Governing Council Takes Bold New Step Of Renaming Itself
Plan To Rename, Repaint Offices, Too
Iraq took a mighty step forward toward creating an independent sovereign government this week as the Iraqi Governing Council -- a group of U.S. appointed Iraqi exiles seen as largely subservient to U.S. demands -- renamed itself and became a group of dynamic, independent thinkers -- made up of the very same people.
"I am a new man!" cried Prime Minister Iyad Allawi. "I could order American troops out of Iraq tomorrow if I wished!"
Asked if this was true, Allawi became suddenly sober and said," I don't know. Let me make a call." After disappearing into his study and making an overseas call, Allawi emerged and answered, "No. I can't."
He raised his hands over his head in a gesture of triumph. "But I can dream!" he cried.
Mysterious New Body Has No Actual Name
The Iraqi Governing Council transformed itself into -- something else.
"Everyone's calling us the 'new interim goverment,' but we had been thinking about calling ourselves 'New Government with Minty Fresh Scent' to spice it up," said "New Improved" Foreign Minister Hoshiyar Zebari, who had previously been Foreign Minister in the Iraqi Governing Council.
"That's how I got this job," Zebari joked. "Foreign Minister was already on my resume."
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