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  •  Change (none)
    I hope you're wrong too.  I've written before, and will repeat here:  the change is not illusory, it is real.  Regardless of the composition of the new government, it will be an Iraqi government - not a US "puppet regime".   For the Iraqis, that is a profound distinction.

    We are there to ensure the new government is seated, that all authority is transferred as per UN Resolution 1546. [Yeah, again with the UN....  :-) ].  Six months, earlier upon request, the multinational forces mandate will be lifted.  Further, once the security forces are in place, it will be an internal fight, not by proxy.  A little different fighting your own instead of the Americans.

    And let's not forget who now controls the money.  Billions.  No more "big daddy" holding the purse strings. Good for their economy, probably bad for BushCo/Halliburton, et. al.    

    You're right about the next few weeks - too many variables to predict an outcome. But I'm still cautiously optimistic.  It won't be pretty, or easy, but the Country is not ungovernable - even in it's current state of chaos.  You can't erase the idea of democracy.

    •  Speed (none)
      Sheesh, in the time it took to type the above, 124 people chimed in.  I GOTTA get faster......
    •  cool (none)
      i knew those appropriations for halliburton contracts weren't necessary.

      we're the american gov't, we can break those contracts right now.

    •  really? (none)
      Regardless of the composition of the new government, it will be an Iraqi government - not a US "puppet regime".

      Do you know that to be an indisputable fact?

      For the Iraqis, that is a profound distinction.

      It sure is.

      You can't erase the idea of democracy.

      But, you can expect a real and fair democractic process and government. This election can't be held up as an example of either.

      •  Really. (none)
        Do you know that to be an indisputable fact?

        No.  But I don't think that the Iraqi people will put up with puppets.  As far as "real and fair", it is definitely real.  Last reports I saw indicate reasonable turnout all over the country - even in Sunni [central] areas.  It is as "fair" as could be expected on 31 January 2005.

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