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Iraq votes

has a great photo from Iraq of some men who had just voted. I have been watching CNN, et al, for the past half hour or so and the coverage, predictably, is awful. All the reports from Iraq start with the violence (relatively limited) and then how many polling places were never opened (a few) and then mentions finally how the number of people voting seems to be much higher than everyone expected. They sometimes mention that Iraqis are happy and there is a party-like atmosphere (one reporter said similar to a wedding) around voting booths. The few such reports that I saw, including some interviews with voters, were very moving. The official Iraqi estimates are that about 70% have voted, which would be tremendous. Almost all the reporters I have seen are saying that the turnout is higher than expected. I did see an interview with a UN election official on FOX News (maybe named Valenzuela, can’t remember), and his report was quite optimistic and informative; he gave special thanks to the election commission and the thousands who were working the polls. He claimed to be very impressed. It is going to be hard to argue that this election was not a success. Even Reuters
is admitting that the brave Iraqis have spoken with a loud voice: Even in Falluja, the devastated Sunni city west of Baghdad that was a militant stronghold until a U.S. assault in November, a slow stream of people turned out, confounding expectations.
A member of the Electoral
was exultant and said: Freedom has won. We have conquered terrorism.

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"It is going to be hard to argue that this election was not a success."
Just admit it - there’s absolutely NOTHING that could have happened during the election process (during the lead-up or the voting day itself) that would have led you to call it anything but a success.

M.E.S.: Just admit it--even in the face of Iraqis dancing in the street, and turnout numbers that outstrip the U.S.--there is nothing that would make you recognize the success of this historic day. Grow up.

In fact, Schramm addressed this here. He said that 60% would be "just fine."

Today is a great day for the Iraqis and the US, UK, and other allies who have spent blood and treasure to help them to this victory over tyranny and terror. Much remains to be done, but this is a promising start. And the cherry on top of the sundae is that the voting was watched with avid interest throughout the Arab world.

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