One of the few cabinet members I can stand, Colin Powell, spoke to ABC yesterday about Iraq. He admitted the security is getting worse and anti-Americanism is rising (what! you're kidding me!), but offered optimism about the future (why, oh why must he use the phrase "stay the course" too ).<br><br>He didn't say specifically that elections would completely clear up the insurgency problem, but I seem to infer this idea from Bush (although his words are completely empty) and all the other cabinet members? I know I'm very cynical about the situation, but is there any evidence, a precedent perhaps, that would back up the idea that an elected government will make these "terrorists" change their plans? I don't know, I can imagine the elections coming and going and the violence not skipping a beat. <br><br>
Dude. <br>IranContra, Powell is blackmailed somewhere during that time.<br>The Iranians (extreme woman haters sect, I'm not generalizing because they gotta have some wise earthquake studying scientists and artists there) had hostages back then and Bush pt1 was elected magically since the hostages were kept. They would've been set free but Bush Inc. struck a deal...<br><br>etc.<br><br>the magic bullet is nukes now<br>forget about elections<br>times up, we've had centuries of neglect<br>no attention paid to cause and effect...<br>long saga of our racism and greed<br>indeed<br><br>[color:red]!sevaS trA</font color=red>
Elections always work. I mean, take the Chilean elections that got Allende into power. No, wait . . . how about the Venezuelan elections that got Chavez into the presidency. Hmmmm . . . OK, I got it--how about the election of Nguyen Van Thieu!<br><br>
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Elections in Iraq accomplish two huge things for the Bush Administration. The biggest thing they do is give the Bush Administration a line on the resume so-to-speak. However symbolic (and not really practical), the Bush Administration is in dire need of some kind of positive change in Iraq. With elections, they can claim a kind of ideological victory, that they brought democracy to Iraq, even though they will not with any certainty be able to say that Iraq is free.<br><br>Secondly, elections give the Bush Administration an excuse to cut and run. Even if Iraq is a failed state, they can say that it is the people's problem now and use the popular resentment for the United States as an excuse to shirk their responsibility to rebuild the country and restore security.<br><br>So yeah... elections are a sort of magic bullet, but not for the Iraqi people.<br><br>-- Charlie Alpha Roger Yankee Whiskey<br>
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