Tuesday, February 01, 2005

Iraqi Voting

It makes for such a nice picture, all those Iraqis showing off their ink stains, demonstrating that they voted. Unfortunately, the real picture is just a little more complex than the Bush administration would have us believe:
Iraq's interim president said Tuesday that tens of thousands of people may have been unable to vote in the country's historic weekend election because some polling places — including those in Sunni Arab areas — ran out of ballots.

As clerks pounded vote-count tallies into computers to compile final results, President Ghazi al-Yawer also said chaos and a power vacuum in Iraq mean U.S. forces need to stay for now, even though a new government will be formed after the results are known.
If this is what our hand-picked puppet is saying, how do you think it is being spun by the insurgents?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Frightening. The Iraqi's are voting. Even worse - they are voting at a percentage that is equal to our last presidential election, and they have to fear getting killed to vote. What will happen next?

We know the process won't be smooth or easy, but it looks like a few things are finally going right over there. That's a tough break for all the anti-Bush liberals.

2/02/2005 12:47 PM  
Blogger Dan said...

To the extent things are going well, I am truly over-joyed for the Iraqi people. To the extent things are going poorly, I blame the Bush administration. To the extent positive events are exaggerated and used by right-wingers apologists, I call BS. That's all. Your accusation that a good election is bad news for liberals shows a fundamental misunderstanding of liberal thought.

2/02/2005 2:20 PM  

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