I don't know which is wierder: the fact that US authorities in Iraq were "blind-sided" by the Iraqi government's decision to remove Saddam's judge, or the fact that TIME thinks that fact is so important you can hang a whole story on it.
Do the Iraqis have real sovereignty or not? If so, this is not a story. If not, the media should stop pretending any of Bush's lies are true.
For the judge involved, this decision appears to be a death sentence:
The removed judge will likely be transferred to a court that meets outside the fortified Green Zone — where there will be no guarantee he will have the same level of security around him he has now, according to a senior Iraqi official.