Saturday, January 08, 2005

The fix is in

In our continuing effort to export democracy to Iraq, we already have a plan in place if the elections don't go our way:

The problem of underrepresentation of Sunnis in a future legislature has already stirred talk among Americans, Iraqis and United Nations officials of making adjustments after the voting. Among the ideas being discussed are simply adding seats to the 275-member legislature, or guaranteeing that the future government or constitution-writing committees have a fixed percentage of Sunni representatives. Steven R. Weisman, NYTimes, January 9, 2005
(Emphasis added)

Since the whole country seems to be going to hell in a handbasket and those pesky insurgents keep blowing things up, the January elections could very well result in a "democratically elected" government in Iraq which doesn't really represent the population as a whole. One of the reasons we're in this mess is that we decided to hold elections nationally, instead of at a provincial level.

And whose brilliant idea was that? Why one of our latest Medal of Freedom winners!

Of course, no matter how or when these elections are held, we would have figured out a way to make the final outcome reflect our idea of what Iraqi democracy should look like. That way it's guaranteed that the first official act of the new parliament won't be a law requiring that all foreign militaries leave the country immediately.

And you thought Ohio was sleazy?


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