October 2, 2005

October surprise...

This looks like good news to me...

By Nancy A. Youssef, Knight Ridder Newspapers

BAGHDAD, Iraq - The two strongest opponents of Iraq's proposed new constitution said this week that they wouldn't campaign against it aggressively, making it likely that voters will approve the constitution in an Oct. 15 referendum.

Passage would be a victory for the Bush administration's Iraq policy, but it's unclear whether the document will produce a stable Iraqi government with broad public support or further alienate the country's Sunni Muslim Arab minority.

Rebel Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr's representatives said that while he's not thrilled about the constitution, he likely wouldn't encourage his followers to oppose it.

Hazem al-Araji, a senior al-Sadr aide, said that al-Sadr has formed a committee to review the document and that once he hears from them he'll make a final decision.

"But for now, his opinion is neutral," al-Araji said.

The largest Sunni political group, the Iraqi Islamic Party, said that although it has encouraged its supporters to vote down the document, its efforts are focused on the December election for a new National Assembly.

"There are powers that will make sure this bad constitution passes," said Ala'a al-Maki, a party spokesman. "We are focusing more on ensuring the Sunnis participate in the next election."....[Thanks to
OJ]

A couple of thoughts. One: The people who say the Bush Administration is tottering on its last legs...you are toast once again. You are SO toast! Ha ha ha.

Two: I confidently predict that leftists and "Democrats" will NOT be happy about yet another triumph for democracy in Iraq. They didn't like the last one, and they will like this even less...

You can see the line they are going to take in the quote above. "...but it's unclear whether the document will produce a stable Iraqi government with broad public support or further alienate the country's Sunni Muslim Arab minority..." In other words, if part of the 20% who are Sunni Arab are not happy, then the government doesn't have "broad public support," and is a failure. Talk about moving the goal posts out into the parking lot...

Every summer since 2001, we've heard that the administration is adrift and ineffective. And every year in September or October it comes back strong. I'm guessing the timing of the Iraq election will tie in nicely with some other Bush moves. Probably the nomination of a strong conservative to the Supreme Court.

The Democrat/media suicide attacks against the nominee and the terrorist suicide attacks against the Iraqi constitution will both be bloody but pointless; both groups will fail because they are trying to beat something with nothing...

* Update: Harriet Miers? That don't sound too exciting to me. Oh well. Posted by John Weidner at October 2, 2005 12:51 PM
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