I did not know that:
"In 1864, 11 of the 36 states did not participate in the American presidential election . . . . In 1868, three years after the security situation had, shall we say, stabilised, three states (and not insignificant ones: Texas, Virginia and Mississippi) did not participate in the election."
Plenty of Sunnis want to move forward with the elections in January. Some, many of whom are former Baathists from Saddam's regime, want to delay the elections because the security situation is not stable in Sunni areas. Should we give those Sunni's a "heckler's veto"?
The situation in Iraq is comparable to that old jalopy that many of us have driven in our lives: it barely runs, the rear view mirrors are secured by duct tape, the floor is rusted out, etc. But it's running. Iraq has the momentum now. We shouldn't stop it.