The closest we came to hearing about Iraqi elections was when Obama said they were “good news”:
“I think that you have a sense now that the Iraqis just had a very significant election with no significant violence that we are in a position to start putting more responsibility on the Iraqis and that’s good news not only for the troops on the ground but for the families who are carrying an enormous burden,” Mr. Obama said in a TV interview before the Super Bowl.
I wonder if he remembers any previous “very significant elections” with “no significant violence” in Iraq. Probably not.
U.S. and Iraqi forces arrested suspected suicide bombers and others during targeted sweeps in the hours leading up to last weekend’s relatively violence-free provincial elections, the top U.S. commander in Baghdad said Tuesday.
Maj. Gen. Jeffery Hammond said operations were conducted in Baghdad during the 72 hours before the elections. Only one violent incident in Iraq’s capital city — a shooting at a checkpoint — was reported on the day of the balloting.