10/09/2005

Daily Kos: A Week Before Vote, US Seeks Changes In Iraqi Constitution

A Week Before Vote, US Seeks Changes In Iraqi Constitution
by Armando
Sun Oct 9th, 2005 at 19:04:30 CDT

Kinda late in the day for this ain't it?

One week before Iraqis vote on a constitution intended to remake their nation, U.S. and Arab diplomats are scrambling to broker last-minute concessions from Shiite, Sunni and Kurdish faction leaders that would persuade the Sunni Arab minority to drop its opposition to the proposed charter and defuse the country's Sunni-led insurgency.

The mistake was to insist on the damn thing in the first place, just like the January elections. Iraq was not ready. And the rush for phony "corner turning" made a horrible situation that much worse.

The constitutional referendum has been described by Iraqi and foreign observers as the most significant milestone so far in the development of Iraq's nascent democracy. Completion of the drafting process on Aug. 28 -- two weeks behind schedule -- was supposed to be a unifying process, and parties and activists were to have used the subsequent two months to make their cases for and against the proposed document.

But the version endorsed in August by the Shiite- and Kurdish-led National Assembly was immediately condemned by Sunnis, who had seen their political dominance of Iraq evaporate with the fall of Saddam Hussein in April 2003. As Shiite and Kurdish officials attempted to bring holdout Sunnis on board, negotiations never fully halted. Their goal, according to American diplomats, is a broad national accord to bridge the divide.

Fat chance now. Just idiotic how this was done. Insistence on artificial deadlines. Phony celebration of meaningless milestones.

All of a piece with this disastrous mistake. A Debacle from the outset from the worst Administration in history.

Daily Kos: A Week Before Vote, US Seeks Changes In Iraqi Constitution

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