Iraqis pass provincial-election law

posted at 8:45 am on September 24, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

Yet another milestone on political reconciliation has been met in Iraq.  Earlier today, the National Assembly unanimously passed a law establishing provincial elections, one of the key indicators demanded by the US Congress to show progress in uniting Iraq under a democratic form of government.  The late agreement will likely push elections back to January:

Iraq’s parliament has unanimously approved a provincial elections law after weeks of deadlock.

The lawmakers voted Wednesday in favor of the measure after overcoming an impasse due to objections over power-sharing issues in the province that includes the oil-rich city of Kirkuk.

The Assembly decided to unlink the two issues by forming an ad-hoc committee to propose a settlement of Kirkuk.  That allowed the parliament to address provincial elections directly, and the unanimous result indicates the unity among all of Iraq’s sectarian groups for provincial elections.  That will finally allow local government to take some of the burden of management off of Baghdad and give tribes and communities a greater influence on day-to-day decisions, including rebuilding efforts.

In the larger overall picture, the Iraqis have done well to have come so far in a short period of time.  Two years ago, Iraq was tearing itself apart in an orgy of violence and retribution.  One year ago, many members of Congress refused to believe that the country could be saved.  One year after Hillary Clinton called General David Petraeus a liar for reporting that the surge had shown progress, the Iraqis have essentially met all of the benchmarks that Congress imposed as signs of political progress.  That’s an impressive turnaround.

Will this get any recognition from Congress?  Will Harry Reid ever repudiate his demand for surrender on the floor of the Senate?  Unfortunately, that’s a lot less likely than political reconciliation in Iraq.  Maybe we should demand some benchmarks for our Congress.


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Finally! Someone proves Reid wrong about something. I was beginning to believe that he was infallible.

Akzed on September 24, 2008 at 8:49 AM

Maybe we should demand some benchmarks for our Congress.

Can we offer up Ed for “Quote of the day”?

LastRick on September 24, 2008 at 8:50 AM

Well, this is an interesting post.

But I was really hoping for the obligatory post on the latest ABC/WP poll that shows Obama surging – along with some phrases like “Gulp.” or maybe a picture of Sarah with phrases like “Belly Up.” or “The Party is Over.”

You got to give the people what they want, and I can’t get enough demoralizingly news from this site!

BTW, when you do see that post on the ABC/WP poll – please keep in mind that the poll is completely worthless. It over- samples both Democrats and blacks in order to give “The One” a huge lead.

Dorvillian on September 24, 2008 at 8:57 AM

How about we send Gen Petrauses to capitol hill. He could get something done. May a division of Marines?

flytier on September 24, 2008 at 8:58 AM

How about we send Gen Petrauses to capitol hill. He could get something done. MayMaybe a division of Marines?

flytier on September 24, 2008 at 8:59 AM

BTW, when you do see that post on the ABC/WP poll – please keep in mind that the poll is completely worthless. It over- samples both Democrats and blacks in order to give “The One” a huge lead.

Dorvillian on September 24, 2008 at 8:57 AM

HEY, YOU STOP THROWING WATER ON THE FLAMES OF MY PESSIMISM!

/s

fossten on September 24, 2008 at 9:00 AM

Harry Reid: “CRAP!! Why won’t these people learn that they are sheep and need to be controlled. Hm… Oh well, yes. I was referring to the Iraqis.”

AubieJon on September 24, 2008 at 9:02 AM

Iraq’s parliament has unanimously approved a provincial elections law after weeks of deadlock.

As an incentive they will create a presidential seal and coin for everyone one running for the office.

right2bright on September 24, 2008 at 9:05 AM

Nothing makes me happier than Harry, “Not really a very good Mormon” Reid being wrong. Again. The old cruster.

anniekc on September 24, 2008 at 9:09 AM

Is Harry Reid up for re-election? Because I want to donate to his opponent.
That guy is a disgrace and a buffoon.

jencab on September 24, 2008 at 9:12 AM

Is Harry Reid up for re-election? Because I want to donate to his opponent.
That guy is a disgrace and a buffoon.

jencab on September 24, 2008 at 9:12 AM

Can you out spend Soros?

grapeknutz on September 24, 2008 at 9:14 AM

Can we trade our worthless, corrupt and incompetent Democrats in Congress to Iraq and get their politicians?

In fact, we don’t even need their politicians. We’ll trade all of our Democrats for a camel that died two days ago.

Best trade since the Yankees traded for Babe Ruth.

NoDonkey on September 24, 2008 at 9:18 AM

One year after Hillary Clinton called General David Petraeus a liar

They do us proud, don’t they?

whitetop on September 24, 2008 at 9:20 AM

Reid and Peloser are the most corrupt, delusional anti-American politicians to ever grace the ailses of Congress. Their approval ratings are the worst in recorded history and deservedly so. The only thing that could be worse is to have a puppet in the White House and these clowns running Congress. God save our country if the American people are that stupid.

volsense on September 24, 2008 at 9:25 AM

Great timing…right before the debates in a couple of days.

tdavisjr on September 24, 2008 at 10:03 AM

Anyone heard from Harry lately?

GarandFan on September 24, 2008 at 10:07 AM

Well out Ed. I like your analysis especially remembering Hillary’s finger in the wind inspired attack on Petreaus.

RobCon on September 24, 2008 at 10:08 AM

Harry Reid repenting?—-doubtful

“Maybe we should demand some benchmarks for our Congress”.

PRICELESS!

Rovin on September 24, 2008 at 10:17 AM

Can we trade our Congress for the Iraqi Parliament? At least they get s#!t done.

Yakko77 on September 24, 2008 at 10:18 AM

Great news.

This likely puts Iraq on a stable footing even if the Retreat-mongers get a “mandate” in November.

ClintACK on September 24, 2008 at 10:23 AM

Now if only Iraq stopped executing people who visit Israel, it would be a wonderful, wonderful Democracy.

Aristotle on September 24, 2008 at 10:37 AM

That is one of the nastier trendlines we have seen… at the rate things are going we will soon need Iraqis to come to America to teach us about multi-ethnic, multi-party democracy in a republic using federalist means to balance local, state and national governments.

Maybe, someday, we can have that here in America, too.

ajacksonian on September 24, 2008 at 10:58 AM

why can’t they print the story about what it is. Why throw in the part about the 22 people.

It is completely seperate.

tomas on September 24, 2008 at 12:00 PM

The people of Nevada must be so proud.

SKYFOX on September 24, 2008 at 12:20 PM

Is Harry Reid up for re-election? Because I want to donate to his opponent.
That guy is a disgrace and a buffoon.

jencab on September 24, 2008 at 9:12 AM

I don’t know about Harry’s re-election but I do know Illinois is up for grabs and a guy named Steve Sauerberg is running as the Repub against Dick Turbin. He can use all the help he can get. Don’t have a link but Google Sauerberg and you’ll find him. Plus he’s a doctor(but don’t lump him in with that quack Ron Paul). We need to get rid of Durbin just as bad as Reid!

Big John on September 24, 2008 at 5:31 PM