Judging from the reactions, our enemies in Iraq as well as in the media, were blindsided by Paul Bremer's handover of sovereignty to the new Iraqi government 2 days ahead of the June 30 scheduled date.
Of course, the media didn't stutter for too long, and are already on the attack about the decision:
But Washington responsible for success or failure of transition says MSNBC.
In the capital, the streets were almost empty and there were no exuberant scenes of jubilation like those that greeted the fall of Saddam's statue in April 2003 as U.S. troops swept into the capital. This from CBS News
The temporary stewards of Iraq's future reclaimed their nation two days early, accepting limited power Monday from U.S. occupiers who wished them prosperity and handed them a staggering slate of problems including a lethal insurgency the Americans admit they underestimated. That from ABC News (And that "occupiers" part...g-r-r-r-r.)
As per usual, no good news can come out of Iraq, sayeth the mainstream media, those liberal lapdogs who know all but tell only what they think you need to know. It doesn't make any difference in the great scheme of things that the Iraqis now have (admittedly partial) control of their country. It doesn't matter that the US and others are committed to helping them create the first truly democratic Arab state.
A plague on all their houses.