UN – January Election In Iraq "On Track"

Let’s see, we’ve turned over power to an interim government, elections are “on track”, Iraqi security forces are improving, Fallujiah residents are turning on the foreign jihadist… Yep, it’s a qaugmire…

BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) – Preparations for the crucial January election are “on track” and the absence of international observers due to the country’s tenuous security should not detract from the vote’s credibility, the top U.N. electoral expert here said.

The January election is seen as a major step in Iraq’s path to democratic rule. The United States, which formally ended its occupation of Iraq in June but still wields vast influence, sees the vote as a key step toward establishing a stable government.

“International observation is important only in that it’s symbolic,” Carlos Valenzuela told The Associated Press in an interview Thursday. “I don’t think that the process will be less credible without observers, absolutely not. They are not the essence. They are not essential. They are not important. If they can come, fine, of course.”Bonus points to Valenzuela for honesty and candor…

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