They have voted in Iraq

Posted by: ST on March 7, 2010 at 7:03 pm

Fox News reports:

Polls closed across Iraq on Sunday as the war-weary population awaits results from the national election that will decide the future of the country’s still-fragile democracy.

The election tested the mettle of the country’s shaky security as insurgents killed 31 people across Iraq, unleashing a barrage of mortars intent on disrupting the historic day.

About 19 million Iraqis were eligible to vote on a government that will oversee the withdrawal of U.S. forces. The election is critical in determining whether Iraq can overcome the jagged sectarian divisions that have defined it since the U.S.-led invasion in 2003.

Once the day’s results are calculated, it could be months before Iraq’s new parliament chooses a prime minister and forms a government.

On Sunday, U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates said voter turnout was “high if not higher” than expected, according to Reuters. Expectations prior to the national election were approximately 50 percent voter turnout.

The article goes on to note that ‘insurgents’ launched a series of deadly attacks across the country to try and disrupt the elections, but did not succeed in dampening the spirits of the Iraqi people who braved it in order to exercise their right to vote.

Iraqi girl

A young Iraqi girl, who accompanied her family to the polling station, asked for her finger to be inked, even though she was too young to vote, shows her inked finger as she leaves the polling station in Karbala, Iraq, Sunday, March 7, 2010. Iraqis voted Sunday in an election testing the mettle of the country's still-fragile democracy as insurgents killed 25 people across the country, unleashing a barrage of mortars intent on disrupting the historic day.
(AP Photo/Ahmed al-Hussainey)

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Iraq the Model has posted their predictions for the election outcome. Iraq Pundit has posted on his and his family’s voting experiences here.

Of course, the McClatchy news outlet has taken the opportunity to taint their reporting on the Iraqi elections by – you guessed it – bashing Bush. President Obama praised the Iraqi elections as an “important milestone” for Iraq’s future, and at the same time praised American, Iraqi, and other allied forces for keeping the country safe during the vote. Me? I’d like to praise every brave Iraqi who voted this weekend, and US and allied forces in Iraq for doing the very important work of making sure the polling places were safe for Iraqis to vote. No praise will be given, however, to our Commander in Chief who, if he had has his way regarding Iraq, a very different, darker, bloodier picture would be emerging out of that country today.

Cross-posted to Right Wing News, where I am helping guestblog for John Hawkins on Sundays.

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6 Responses to “They have voted in Iraq”

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  1. Carlos says:

    But ST, don’tcha know any success in Iraq belongs to this administration’s unfailing and unflagging support for the Iraqi people and the efforts to bring democracy there?

    Hasta be true. Slow Joe himself told us that!

    I wonder, in the face of similar dangers how many leftist patriots in this country would dare to go out vote? They seem to be all too aware that their words won’t and don’t stop violence. As a matter of fact, their words all to often incite violence, including the last three nutcase jobs in Austin, the Pentagon and in Alabama.

  2. NC Cop says:

    If I live to be a thousand, I will never grow tired of seeing those “purple fingers”.

    Congratulations Iraq!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Paul says:

    Let the Iraqis get a dose of democracy and they may grow to like it.

  4. Tex says:

    I wonder who is responsible for all those purple fingers in Iraq? Oh I know! Its the more than 4300 U.S. military personnel who were killed in Iraq and the many hundreds of thousands of other U.S. military personnel who fought, and are still fighting, the terrorists there. But you probably won’t hear much credit, if any, given to all those U.S. military personnel by most Iraqis or most Liberals in this country.

    But most regular Americans know those U.S. military personnel are the reason the Iraqis have purple fingers. And of course the Iraqi military also has their heroes too who are taking over the fight as the U.S. military draws down there. And I’ll give kudos to the brave Iraqis who came out to vote in spite of the terrorists best efforts to stop them.

    It was nice to see “The Hurt Locker” kick butt last night at the Oscars and especially nice to see the director of “The Hurt Locker” Kathryn Bigelow thank all the U.S. soldiers who served, and are serving, in Iraq and Afghanistan not only once but twice during her two acceptance speeches on stage.

  5. NC Cop says:

    I didn’t know that Bigelow did that, Tex. She is opposed to the war in Iraq, but its nice to see her put politics aside and say a kind word about our troops.

  6. Sefton says:

    “I am not persuaded that 20,000 additional troops in Iraq are going to solve the sectarian violence there. In fact, I think it will do the reverse. I don’t think the president’s strategy is going to work.” – then Senator Obama

    D’OH! – now president Homer Simpson