It's funny that Cheney and Bush criticized Edwards and Kerry for their criticism of Iraqi Prime Minister Alawi while he was here. They say, how can we build alliances with people when we criticize them openly? Instead, apparently, the sort of alliance they envision is one of our "allies" doing as they are told. Literally. Here are the last two paragraphs of: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A60725-2004Sep29.html But administration officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said the prime minister was coached and aided by the U.S. government, its allies and friends of the administration. Among them was Dan Senor, former spokesman for the CPA who has more recently represented the Bush campaign in media appearances. Senor, who has denied writing the speech, sent Allawi recommended phrases. He also helped Allawi rehearse in New York last week, officials said. Senor declined to comment. The U.S. Embassy in Baghdad and British Foreign Service officials also helped Allawi with the text and delivery of his remarks, said administration officials who were involved. The State Department and officials elsewhere in the government took the lead in booking Allawi's interviews. Administration officials said that the Iraqi Embassy in Washington consists of just a few officials and has only a dial-up Internet connection, so was incapable of preparing for the high-profile tour.