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They Are Voting In Iraq – Anybody Notice?

Discreetly buried in the back pages of a disillusioned New York Times:

Early Voting in Iraq Is Mostly Smooth

By TIMOTHY WILLIAMS and STEVEN LEE MYERS

January 29, 2009

BAGHDAD — Thousands of soldiers, police officers, hospital patients and prisoners cast ballots on Wednesday as part of early voting in Iraq’s provincial elections.

At least one act of violence accompanied the voting. Two police officers guarding a polling center south of Kirkuk were killed by gunmen who fired at them from a passing car, according to an official from the Ministry of Interior who spoke on condition of anonymity. The gunmen escaped, the official said.

Overall, however, the voting appeared to go smoothly, Iraqi election officials said.

About 615,000 people, most of them employed by Iraq’s security forces, were eligible to vote Wednesday, three days before Saturday’s election. Government officials said the early balloting would help ensure that security forces would be on duty to protect polling stations on Saturday, when about 14 million more Iraqis are eligible to vote.

“The arrangements we are seeing today are a slap in the face to those who are betting that Iraqis will not go to the ballot box because they are despairing,” Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki said in a speech on Wednesday.

More than 14,000 candidates are running for 440 seats on provincial councils in 14 of Iraq’s 18 provinces. The election will be delayed in Kirkuk Province, a troubled region where much of Iraq’s oil reserves lie, and in the three provinces of Kurdistan, a semiautonomous region.

The local councils function much like state legislatures, but are also responsible for selecting governors and provincial police chiefs.

Perhaps most important, the councils are a prime source of patronage. They dole out government jobs, social benefits and contracts, each an invaluable asset in a country that has high unemployment rates and significant poverty — but that is expected to embark on a major government-sponsored rebuilding program over the next few years…

Of course most of the “reporters” in our media would rather tear out their eyes than admit what a tremendous victory this represents for our military’s courageous efforts in Iraq.

Indeed, in a few years, if this victory isn’t given away, it will be taught that it was Mr. Obama’s gentle words and foreign aid that brought Democracy to the Middle East.

Despite everything that the war monger George Bush did to prevent it.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, January 28th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

11 Responses to “They Are Voting In Iraq – Anybody Notice?”

  1. proreason says:

    As democracy grows in Iraq, it shrinks in the U.S.

    It took about 230 years for the criminals to figure out how easy it is to buy the country.

    The key was turning the schools into indoctination centers.

  2. Reality Bytes says:

    Currently reading Bing West’s “The Strongest Tribe” – I recommend it to every S&L reader. I wonder if Mr. West is a contributor to this site. Know him, Colonel?

  3. Confucius says:

    This is what happens when your community isn’t organized.

  4. freeleep says:

    While sadly ‘the voting APPEARED to go smoothly” , Thank God that there was at least one act of violence. Now the One can call for peaceful elections in Iraq and when it goes well on Saturday, he can take the credit.

  5. wardmama4 says:

    Government officials said the early balloting would help ensure that security forces would be on duty to protect polling stations on Saturday

    Am I the only one noticing that this mentions nothing about US Military being required/used to provide the secuirty – isn’t that one of the benchmarks that the damn Fiberals claim Iraq/We’ve never reached?

    • Steve says:

      “Am I the only one noticing that this mentions nothing about US Military being required/used to provide the secuirty – isn’t that one of the benchmarks that the damn Fiberals claim Iraq/We’ve never reached?”

      No, you are not. I almost mentioned something along those lines in the post.

      In fact, there was no mention anywhere of the security hand-off, or indeed anything about the US military.

      It must have all been a dream.

    • 1sttofight says:

      When are we going to start using the ink bottle in our elections?

      Oh yeah, it would put ACORN out of business, nevermind.

    • JohnMG says:

      Considering just how far democracy has come in Iraq, the seeming lack of violent opposition to the elections is notable–and commendable.

      This one reported incident makes me wonder, especially since the media claim to be our “watch dog”, where was the coverage of the black-beret-ed thugs with nightsticks who were intimidating voters during our most recent elections. One would think such behavior in the back yard of the “world’s beacon of democracy” would be a noteworthy occurence, would one not?

      Nope. No bias here!

    • Dangerous says:

      Why John, that is a most uncharitable comment. I’m sure those fine, upstanding young gentlemen were just there to make sure that other people wouldn’t intimidate those voters. It would be wrong for the media to spread their heroism, that could so easily be misinterpreted. /sarcasm

      Sarcastic or not, I feel dirty just writing that.

  6. Liberals Demise says:

    Once we teach Iraqis how to vote without hanging chads or “lost” ballets ending up in a Mosque….is there any chance that they will come here to protect and oversee our voting system? Can “THEY” do something about ACORN….


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