Politics & Media
Feb 06, 2009, 11:04AM

Elections have consequences

Yes, there are positive elements in the most recent Iraqi elections. There are also plenty of reasons to be even more cautious.

Walk softly:

Getting back to the claim in the title of the Post article, to suggest that the elections represented a victory for a "US ally" obscures the fact that the elections also represented a defeat for a US ally: namely ISCI.  Oddly enough, to the extent that Max Boot was correct that Iran suffered a setback in the elections because its preferred partner, ISCI, was trounced, it is also the case that the US suffered a setback because it, like Iran, had primarily backed ISCI as its preferred partner.  Maliki has received the support of the US, but not to the same extent that ISCI has.  Hopefully, that will change.


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