What? There were elections in Iraq last weekend?

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.

Part of the reason things were calm:

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.


  1. So…he’ll start taking what few accomplishments Bush, the Iraqis, and our Military has as his own?

    Dropping out of ROTC anyways. No way I wanna work under him.

  2. He might be the commander in chief, but you serve your country first before him. I understand your reasoning, and don’t blame you, but you might want to re examine your motivation for joining in the first place if the current CIC is enough reason to make you quit. This country is much bigger than the man, and some day women, that hold the office of President.

    Murdoc, I had the same conversation with three or four friends at my two jobs, and none of them had any idea there had been elections in Iraq, let alone four since 2005. Or that the Iraqi Security Forces are running most of the show, including the security in the often derided Green Zone. Or that the Sunni Provinces have even higher turnout than some of the Shia provinces, when in previous elections they pretty much boycotted them. So much amazing progress has been made there, and close to five thousand of our service men and women have died to make it possible. And most of the country has no damn idea. It enrages me.

    In a sane world, David Petraeus and ambassador Ryan Crocker would be given a Nobel peace prize for what they helped to accomplish in Iraq. But they will probably give one to Raul Castro instead for “allowing” his citizens to buy cell phones instead. Once we allowed our value set as a people to be completely undermined, it only makes sense that we have no perspective on what a great accomplishment actually is anymore.

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