Democratic Underground Latest Greatest Lobby Journals Search Options Help Login
Google

Media Falls Down in Iraq Coverage (Juan Cole)

Printer-friendly format Printer-friendly format
Printer-friendly format Email this thread to a friend
Printer-friendly format Bookmark this thread
This topic is archived.
Home » Discuss » Editorials & Other Articles Donate to DU
 
struggle4progress Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-31-05 01:44 PM
Original message
Media Falls Down in Iraq Coverage (Juan Cole)
... (The) Bush administration opposed one-person, one-vote elections of this sort. First they were going to turn Iraq over to Chalabi within six months. Then Bremer was going to be MacArthur in Baghdad for years. Then on November 15, 2003, Bremer announced a plan to have council-based elections in May of 2004. The US and the UK had somehow massaged into being provincial and municipal governing councils, the members of which were pro-American. Bremer was going to restrict the electorate to this small, elite group ...

So if it had been up to Bush, Iraq would have been a soft dictatorship under Chalabi, or would have had stage-managed elections with an electorate consisting of a handful of pro-American notables. It was Sistani and the major Shiite parties that demanded free and open elections and a UNSC resolution ... But the Americans have been unable to provide them the requisite security for truly aboveboard democratic elections ...

... Iraq is an armed camp. There were troops and security checkpoints everywhere. Vehicle traffic was banned. The measures were successful in cutting down on car bombings that could have done massive damage ... There is every reason to think that when the vehicle traffic starts up again, so will the guerrilla insurgency ...

The Iraqis did not know the names of the candidates for whom they were supposedly voting ... There were even some angry politicians late last week who found out they had been included on lists without their permission ...

http://progressivetrail.org/articles/050131Cole.shtml

Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
EVDebs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-31-05 01:50 PM
Response to Original message
1. Don't worry, they get to do it all over again in October !
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
struggle4progress Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-31-05 02:03 PM
Response to Reply #1
2. Yet another government that spreads poverty because the natural riches ...
Edited on Mon Jan-31-05 02:06 PM by struggle4progress
... of the country so inflame the greed of a few ...
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
DU AdBot (1000+ posts) Click to send private message to this author Click to view 
this author's profile Click to add 
this author to your buddy list Click to add 
this author to your Ignore list Thu Jul 10th 2014, 08:05 AM
Response to Original message
Advertisements [?]
 Top

Home » Discuss » Editorials & Other Articles Donate to DU

Powered by DCForum+ Version 1.1 Copyright 1997-2002 DCScripts.com
Software has been extensively modified by the DU administrators


Important Notices: By participating on this discussion board, visitors agree to abide by the rules outlined on our Rules page. Messages posted on the Democratic Underground Discussion Forums are the opinions of the individuals who post them, and do not necessarily represent the opinions of Democratic Underground, LLC.

Home  |  Discussion Forums  |  Journals |  Store  |  Donate

About DU  |  Contact Us  |  Privacy Policy

Got a message for Democratic Underground? Click here to send us a message.

© 2001 - 2011 Democratic Underground, LLC