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The Adminstration is at it again. First they refuse to set any concrete goals for what they are doing in Iraq, then they set up a random date and defend it as a rabid wolverine defends a scrap of meat and when the goal is near, the try to lower same expectations that they worked so hard to raise in the first place.

According to MSNBC, the WH is now busy lowering public expactations about the Jan. 30th vote:

Over the past week, administration officials have frequently stressed that the election is only part of a year-long process. "The election is not going to be perfect," White House press secretary Scott McClellan said yesterday. "This is the first time Iraqis will be able to freely choose their leaders. It's for a transitional government, and it's only one of three elections that will take place over the course of this year."

Three elections? What are these other elections for? Why didn't the Administration lay the full plan before? That's the first time I heard about this. And if, as feared, the Sunnis will not vote in the first one, who says that they will vote in any other?

According to Prof. Cole's blog:

Allawi: "Pockets" Will not be Able to Vote

Michael Georgy of the Scotsman reports from Baghdad that interim Iraqi Prime Minister Iyad Allawi admitted on Tuesday that "pockets" of Iraq won't be able to vote on January 30 because of poor security. I suspect the pockets amount to about 3 million persons.

Further down he quotes Karim Kawar, Jordan's Embassador to the U.S. as saying that about 40% of the Iraq's population may not be able to vote.

But not to worry the WH already has an answer for this:

"I would . . . really encourage people not to focus on numbers, which in themselves don't have any meaning, but to look on the outcome and to look at the government that will be the product of these elections," a senior administration official said, speaking on the condition of anonymity at a White House briefing yesterday. The official highlighted the low voter turnout in U.S. elections as evidence that polling numbers are not essential to legitimacy.

Emphasis mine.

And if not that important, why all the hype? This is yet another example of how the Admistration gets fixated on phantom concepts with little thought on the effect or how to even prosecute them.

As commented in other diaries, it seems that the Bush Administration is not tired of spining everything into a "crissis" only to dwindle them down to mere footnotes once they realize they won't get what they want or can't really deliver what they promised. Will it take another 10,000+ American casualties and over 100,000 Iraqis dead wounder or missing before Americans get tired of this blatant manipulation of their collective physche? Are Americans and Iraqis fighting for a stable, democratic Iraq or to set alight a bloody ethnic driven Civil War?

Originally posted to Ralfast on Thu Jan 13, 2005 at 04:50 AM PST.

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Comment Preferences

  •  I agree and recommend! (none)
    All it will do is 'protect' Bush's word to his worshipers.

    Where's the Right's Moral Outrage regarding no WMDs?  

    The media will ignore the truth of this bogus election also.

  •  Sigh... (none)
    Do you guys not understand? Once we have elections everything will fall into place. The people will rejoice in the streets. The insurgents will set up bakery shops. We'll have oil comming out of our eyeballs. The world's ills will be solved because now the Iraqi people will have a free leader, as long as we get to decide who it is. You know, western-style dictato.... I mean democracy. Sometimes, I amaze even myself.
    •  <super> I'll reserve my ticket (none)
      for the Faluja Spa right away. Desert sun is awesome for acne. And I'll order my turquoise, no pink, burka for those steamy disco night squads with the insurgents' fireworks in the background. Romance the nite away... could happen..

      Vote Iraqis Vote. Bushworld is a comin to your country (whether you want them or not)

  •  Want Saddam Back? (2.50)
    Why have elections at all? Well reading this I quess we should just restore old Saddam, give him back his palaces(after we've remodelled them of course) as well as his "A list" of his UN official chronies that helped him starve, rape and kill all in Iraq who dared smiling at him the wrong way. Hey, but leaving with our tails between our legs and tossing all reason aside will make Bush cringe, so why not?
    At Saddam's kill ratio (I'd venture 2 or 3 to one)I imagine that after he's back he'll need heaving digging equipment for future "Iraqi desert landfills" reserved for those special people, mainly Kurds and Shia who happened to be born under the wrong sign.  And while we're at it let's let Chemical Ali out; we all know how efficient he was at culling "Mad Kurd Disease."

    In case any want to even contemplate an alternative; read this post.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2005/01/13/opinion/13friedman.html?oref=login

    •  Bush's kill rate is catching up to Saddam's (none)
      and will probably beat out Saddam's if we don't get out NOW!
    •  Want 1357 US troops back? (none)
      Or, 100,000 Iraqi lives?

      Or, 15,000 plus US soldiers bodies made whole again?

      "I was so easy to defeat, I was so easy to control, I didn't even know there was a war."

      by RonV on Thu Jan 13, 2005 at 05:40:13 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  Way to jump to conclusions (none)
      Something I would like though is the embargo taken off of Iraq during the 90's, actually help the revolutionaries in Iraq topple Saddam (like has happened so many times in so many other dictatorships) and let the Iraqi people make the choice, not Bush.

      "In such a world of conflict, a world of victims and executioners, it is the job of thinking people not to be on the side of the executioners." -Albert Camus.

      by BrianL on Thu Jan 13, 2005 at 05:57:06 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Talk about contradictions! (none)
    I just read this quote from an article discussing the new spin the WH is putting on the elections -

    "I would . . . really encourage people not to focus on numbers, which in themselves don't have any meaning, but to look on the outcome and to look at the government that will be the product of these elections," a senior administration official said, speaking on the condition of anonymity at a White House briefing yesterday. The official highlighted the low voter turnout in U.S. elections as evidence that polling numbers are not essential to legitimacy.

    LOW VOTER TURNOUT IN US ELECTIONS?!?!?!?! Are these the same people who keep screaming about Bush's mandate????

    Don't look at the numbers? OMG. Are people going to buy this?

  •  No, this is really serious (none)
    If you read Naomi Klein's analysis, you'll realize that unless there's significant progress towards setting up an autnonomous government, Iraq won't be able to do business (sell its natural resources) to anyone.

    Baghdad Year Zero

    "Pillaging Iraq in pursuit of a neocon utopia"

    By Naomi Klein

    Harper's Magazine, September 2004 -- It was only after I had been in Baghdad for a month that I found what I was looking for. I had traveled to Iraq a year after the war began, at the height of what should have been a construction boom, but after weeks of searching I had not seen a single piece of heavy machinery apart from tanks and humvees. Then I saw it: a construction crane.

    http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6930.htm

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