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Iraq Election Results - Hardliners Score Bigly


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#1 LFC

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Posted 17 May 2018 - 02:07 PM

The hard-liners won bigly. I have no doubt that much of this has to do with Trump violating the U.S. treaty with Iran (a fellow Shiite majority nation) and turning our country into Israel's conjoined twin. Decisions have impacts, not that I expect any of the top foreign policy pinheads like Jared, Bolton, Pompouseo, and Trump himself to even faintly grasp that.

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Our man in Iraq was supposed to cruise to victory in the country’s May 12 elections. After all, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi led Baghdad to victory against ISIS and then restored Iraqi sovereignty over large swaths of territory controlled by the Kurds.

Then the votes were counted, and although U.S. policymakers pretend otherwise (in part because they don’t know exactly what to think), they are reeling over the verdict delivered by the peoples of Iraq. First place went to a Shiite cleric, Moqtada al-Sadr, whose Mahdi Army attacked U.S. troops a decade ago. Second place went to the Fatah Alliance, a grouping so closely identified with Iran that its leader Hadi al-Amiri fought on the Tehran side in the 1980s Iran-Iraq War.

In Kurdistan, voters were supposed to punish the ruling Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) for economic mismanagement and for staging an independence referendum that resulted in economic sanctions and Iraqi military attack. Instead, the KDP improved on its 2013 vote and is the only party in Iraq to win an absolute majority in two provinces. KDP leaders spoke openly about self-determination and were rewarded by the independence-minded Kurds.

Haider al-Abadi’s unfortunately named Victory List finished fifth in populous Baghdad and third overall. He did win Nineveh Province (Mosul) but the turnout was so low that it is unclear whether the vote was Sunnis grateful for liberation from the so-called Islamic State or the province’s minority Shiites, Yazidis and Christians. Turnout was just two thirds that of the previous parliamentary elections and only in the KDP stronghold of Dohuk did it exceed 50 percent. Except in Kurdistan, Iraqi voters rejected both the political establishment and the political process.

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Posted 17 May 2018 - 07:36 PM

We must have been tired of winning!
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