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Farmer by genetics, Lawyer by training, currently "vacationing" in Iraq and advising the Iraqi government on border security issues. Before moving to Baghdad, I served in the White House as Deputy Counsel for the Homeland Security Council. I can be reached at opusxryanathotmaildotcom.

Sunday, February 13, 2005


IECI reports 8.5 million total votes cast, well over 50% of the registered voters. I remember a lot of questions prior to the elections about predicted turnout, and at what level turnout needed to be to be considered "legitimate." Thankfully, no one took the bait to provide a hard number. But I think almost all commentators will accept 8.5 million as "legitimate."

Actually, I don't think you'll hear much about that question anymore. Instead, you'll hear naysayers micro-analyzing the results in Sunni-dominated areas to claim that the elections are illegitimate on that basis. Can you say, "Moving the Goalposts"?