Friday, December 16, 2005

The Iraqi Elections

The early indications are that yesterday's elections went well (and John F. Burns is a fantastic reporter), but could we, I dunno, wait a goddamn day before declaring victory? I get it: the premature celebrations---from the crotch-stuffed carrier landing to the preliminary elections to the transfer of sovereignty to the drafting of the constitution to the other preliminary elections---those were all bullshit, but this time, we've done it right for sure.

There's also this:
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE PEOPLE OF IRAQ [Jonah Goldberg]
Nice job today.
Posted at 05:53 PM
Oddly enough, there was a reply:
TO JONAH GOLDBERG [the people of Iraq]
Never speak to us again.
Posted at 5:54 PM


UPDATE: Daniel Davies has a fairly persuasive analysis of the elections and what they mean for the success of the Iraq project. Executive summary: It's a mixed bag, with enough inside it for anyone who decided to interpret the elections as an utter triumph or catastrophe beforehand to go ahead and conclude that their premises are true.

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