Iraqis get the hang of voting! Obama ignores.

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“Democracy! Whiskey! Sexy!”

Predictably – because this was effected by President Bush – the American press is barely mentioning it (last night I could find exactly one story about it, and that was by the BBC) but 15 million registered Iraqis went to the polls today:

One Sunni Arab man strolling through Baghdad, Ali Sabah, 26, told CNN he is looking forward to casting a ballot. “Democracy is the correct way, this is for sure,” he said.

“Strolling through Baghdad…” I love it. That should be a pop-song.

It’s kind of wonderful to read about – but we also are reminded that an incipient democracy is a fragile thing, and that not everyone understands the value of liberty.

“How can we not vote? All of us here have always complained about being oppressed and not having a leader who represented us. Now is our chance,” said Basra voter Abdul Hussein Nuri.

There were some glitches. Several people said they failed to find their names on voter registration lists and could not vote. One of them was elderly Fadhel al-Shimary, who had walked three km (two miles) to vote in Baghdad’s Palestine Street, stopping every 50 meters to rest in a chair carried by his son.

“I will wait here until the night. I must vote before I die,” he said. “Maybe they are trying to steal my vote. But I will not allow it. I am still alive. I am not dead yet.”

…for many Iraqis this election is less about ethnicity or sect than competence. In the dusty town of Khana Sul near the Syrian border, 19-year-old student Jamil Kirtohamo, a member of the Yazidi religious minority, held up the purple-dyed finger that showed he had voted.

“It’s my first time voting and I’m very excited,” he said, pointing to a pothole. “We want whoever wins to pave this road.”

Yeah, baby, that’s it!
When you can afford to vote about potholes, you’re on your way!

Although Baghdad still need stable security to maintain its gains, most recent reports indicate that the rest of Iraq is flourishing.

This would all be such marvelous, noteworthy news, and the cable networks would be filling the airways with pride-filled reports that praised the American President and troops who helped make it so – if only the American President involved had had a D after his name, instead of an R. How incredibly petty and small.

I’m starting to think the purple finger thing is a good idea for us, here in America, too. A nice strong purple ink that takes a few days to wash off…

FLASHBACK: I wonder if Jon Stewart’s worldview can accept this yet, without imploding:

“What if Bush – the president, ours – has been right about [Iraq] all along? I feel like my world view will not sustain itself and I may – and, again, I don’t know if I can physically do this – implode.”

UPDATE: An Althouse commenter notes: President Obama did not mention the Iraqi elections in his address, today. Are you surprised? You’d think as CIC, he’d want to express pride and thanks to America’s troops. Nope. Not a word. He dropped the ball. Again.

UPDATE II: President Obama did finally acknowledge the Iraqi elections about five hours ago, vague but positive, he still did not mention his troops or thank the mil families for their sacrifice. Would someone please tell the president that the troops are HIS, and he needs to remember them?

I thought Michelle Obama was going to be all about Military Families. Seems like this would have been a good day to express thanks to them before the country, doesn’t it?

How awful and really sad, and incredibly childish,
to think you can only be proud of your country – or happy for these people – when the the “correct” party is in power. And even more childish and small and petty not to congratulate the troops who liberated these people, because it might make their CIC look good. Small, petty, narrow. Ungenerous. I’ve noted that before in our new president. Ungracious and Ungenerous ads up to “insecure.” And clearly his press suffers from insecurity, too.

Tell this woman her ability to vote is no big deal. I dare you.

Our troops – American troops who sacrifice themselves for liberty, all over the world – did not die in vain. God bless them, and their families.

I blame Bush, btw. And I hope he feels good reading about this.

Also writing:
Ed Morrissey: “This is what victory looks like.”

Lorie Byrd: “Iraq is a better place today than it was under the evil regime of Saddam Hussein and his sadistic rapist sons.”

Brutally Honest: “Hope and Change comes to Iraq…” Obama had nothing to do with it.

AJ Strata: gloating, a little. 4,000 women are running for office in Iraq, today. I blame Bush.

The vote has been declared “a victory” by the Iraqis – they had to keep the polls open an extra hour to accommodate all the voters.

In other news:
More on Iran: A-Jad declares he can see the weak horse and perhaps President Obama now understands why Bush did not “negotiate” with him. Or, “Iran knows a Carter when they see one.”

Oh, and they’re calling for the destruction of Israel. Again. Gosh, this president stuff isn’t as easy as it looks when you’re the armchair general!

Another – ANOTHER – Obama appointee who does not bother to pay his taxes. Boy, I’m so glad Biden told us that paying our taxes was patriotic! Glad to see Obama putting so many patriots into power. No doubt, his confirmation will sail through. But perhaps it shouldn’t. I mean, what message does it send to America that you can evade your taxes and still get appointed to high office?

The End of the Beginning: Of the war on terror

Does he ever say anything positive or is it simply in his interest to keep talking things down and never talk the good? “Self-indulgent wallowing in the gloom is more fun. Yeah, it keeps the nation frightened, too. Remember when the left accused Bush of “fearmongering to advance his policies”? Funny how the shoe fits on the other foot.

No, not every economist agrees that we need this “stimulus” bill.

Gabriel Ledeen: Be not afraid!

Rainforests: Another scam, like “global warming”? I think environmentalism – sane and rational environmentalism, not the extreme – is a good thing. But do these agenda-driven folks ever tell us the truth?

Transparency: It costs too much to look into wrongdoing, so we’ll save the taxpayers that money.

Glorious: Crusty old war vet takes no crap. Reminds me of this great story.

Transparency II: here

Toxic stuff:
Bush hate and Obama euphoria.

Is Obama depressed?

Steyn: You say “stimulus,” I hear “syphillis”

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  • Bender B. Rodriguez

    Ungracious and Ungenerous ads up to “insecure.” And clearly his press suffers from insecurity, too.

    We are all insecure now.

    Does he ever say anything positive or is it simply in his interest to keep talking things down and never talk the good?

    Whining and complaining about others is what they do. That’s all they do. Declaring that something is wrong or bad or evil, blame someone else for it happening, then agitating and demanding that someone else do something to fix it. And then repeat. And when they do act themselves to fix some “problem,” it is not really them doing something substantively to fix it, but merely them taking (money, power) from someone else.

    Look, if it is American or Western or, shudder to think, Israel, it is BAD. All of it. Blame America First! (and second and third, etc.) Hey, hey, ho, ho, Western Civ has got to go!

    But if it is some thuggish dictatorship, then it is all hugs and kisses and apologies for how much America sucks. Take notice of Iraqi democracy? Ha. Obama is too busy sitting there in the Oval Office in his Che t-shirt with the temperature cranked up to 80 degrees drafting letters telling the oppressed people of Iran to go **** themselves by assuring Ahmedinejad and the rest of his thug government that they can rest easy because the U.S. will not seek a regime change there.

  • Laura

    I mean, what message does it send to America that you can evade your taxes and still get appointed to high office?

    Taxes are for the little people. Everybody knows that! And from the left – silence. Well, DKos is whinging about Wall St. bonuses, still screaming for Bush’s head, and oh – demanding an exit plan from Afghanistan (remember when that was the “good” war that we were supposed to abandon Iraq to fight?).

    But on Daschle – crickets.

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  • tim maguire

    I was listening to All Things Considered yesterday and about half way through the show, Ira Glass, the host, stopped a minute to talk about a new position of NPR. They will not talk about Obama’s smoking.

    To emphasize that this was not his decision but the official policy of NPR, he brought out some spokeswoman muckety muck whose name I didn’t catch and yes, they will not talk about Obama’s smoking.

    The reason? Because, except for that one thing, Obama is perfect. They wish to let him have his one flaw in peace because they fear that if he were hounded into stopping smoking, the pressure of being truly perfect would cause him to cheat on his wife. Not because he wanted to cheat on her, but he would be impelled by his perfection to cheat on her.

    No, I’m not making this up or exaggerating.

    If it were almost anybody else, I’d say it was satire, but they delivered this obscenity completely straight and I think they actually meant it.

    [ Are you sure it was NOT satire? I'd love to see the transcript on that! - admin ]

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  • Kadnine

    It wasn’t All Things Considered, it was This American Life.

    Free mp3 of “Meet the New Boss” is available at the TAL website. It’s at the halfway point after the story on a polygamous LDS branch.

    The short exchange occurs between stories and Ira makes it clear that the editorial policy is TAL’s, not NPR’s. They can always say it was done tongue-in-cheek, but it was still pretty flippin’ obsequious. More or less as Tim describes it. They were thisclose to deadly serious about Obama’s Perfection.

    I actually had to turn off the car radio Saturday, it was so cloyingly saccharine!

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