Washington Post: Iraq's political process a success!
May 30, 2006
I was struck by this op-ed in Sunday's WaPo:
PRESIDENT BUSH spent much of the past week touting the formation of a new Iraqi government and with some reason: The vote by parliament in Baghdad last weekend essentially completed a 2 1/2 -year U.S. project to create a democratic political system. Though some fundamental issues, such as the terms of federalism and sharing of oil revenue, have not been resolved, Iraq now has a ratified constitution and an elected government that includes parties representing all three major ethnic groups. A Sunni boycott has been overcome, and turnout by average Iraqis has been impressive -- even inspiring -- in three successive national votes.The editorial board believes that, whatever else may be going on in Iraq, "the political process" is "a success in its own terms."