Election Leaves Iraq in ‘Quagmire of Compromise’ By Scott Ott

Results of the recent democratic elections in Iraq show that voters failed to fill the power vacuum created when Saddam Hussein’s Baathist regime was overthrown, and instead elected a national assembly “destined to be a quagmire of compromise.”

“How can this government achieve anything without a dominant political party backed by a fiercely loyal military?” said an unnamed Iraq expert at a non-partisan American think tank, “I’m afraid you’re going to hear nothing but talk and concessions from this assembly.”

Neither the Shiites, nor the Kurds, nor Prime Minister Ayad Allawi’s party garnered enough votes to unilaterally achieve their goals. As a result each party must reach out to the others to form a national unity government or to achieve concensus on issues of contention.

“It doesn’t bode well for those accustomed to the decisive action that was the hallmark of Saddam’s government,” said the American expert. “This is another major failure of the Bush administration’s foreign policy.”

After the election results announcement, the popular disappointment was palpable, at least among correspondents in the hotel lounges where international journalists spend most of their days.

“I’ve already contacted my editor and asked for a new assignment,” said one American reporter. “This is going to be like covering Congress. Where’s the fun in that?”

Satire used with the permission of Scott Ott from Scrappleface. You can read more of his work by clicking here.

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