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11.25.2004

King of Iraq update

Election results are complete in Iraq and the official US opinion is:

"We cannot accept this result as legitimate, because it does not meet international standards, and because there has not been an investigation of the numerous and credible reports of fraud and abuse.

If the Iraqi Government does not act immediately and responsibly there will be consequences for our relationship, for Iraq's hopes for Western integration, and for individuals responsible for perpetrating fraud."

Hahaha. That was of course for a different fledgling democracy for a nation of fewer than 50 million people with a history of being oppressed by an America-hating moustache wearer. But I'm not actually sure if he's talking all big about it because he thinks the Russophile I-certify-myself-victor government is bad for American interests. (Funny quote: A Yanukovich aide who serves as a liaison to businesses, took a confrontational stance, saying calls from Washington were unwelcome and irrelevant in Ukrainian politics. "I would like very much to see John Kerry as the U.S. president," she said. "But this does not mean I will call on the United States to make this so.")

I think he may be leaving a parting gift for his proud friends George W. Bush and Condoleezza Rice, in the form of a plain statement that an election is not an election if it does not meet international standards and there isn't an investigation of the numerous and credible reports of fraud and abuse. Whether this is a cynical present (your Iraq democracy is wack, Mr. President), or a nice one (we needn't concern ourselves with Iraqi politics because if we don't like the outcome we can claim it is illegitimate) is unclear.

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