Iraq's 'caesarian' constitution

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With more drama than a Shakespearian third act, the constitution was plucked from negotiations and will be sent to the people for a referendum on October 15.

"To the people." Sounds good, doesn't it? Has a ring to it...like...democracy. But Bush and the Sunshine Boys will have trouble with their quarterly designation of a Historic Day for Iraq and A Turning Point in the insurgency as the process is more like sausage being made.

Juan Cole describes: "But parliament did not vote on it. The Sunni Arabs did not attend. [And] Parliament has abdicated its responsibilities toward the constitution..."

One Sunni negotiator called the proposal "a minefield" while another called for UN or Arab League intervention in the process.

Meanwhile, an Iranian cleric hailed the new Islamic Republic of Iraq. (Informed Comment)

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