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Last updated on August 3rd, 2017 at 10:36 am
The NYT’s John Burns, reporting from Iraq, tells PBS of Iraqi happiness at the large turnout for last week’s elections:
[Iraqis] had been very hopeful that something like this would occur. Delighted is probably an understatement. This is a turn in the political process that American diplomats and American military commanders had been hoping for, for a very long time.
It would have been seen quite illusionary only a few months ago to think that you could have had a turnout of this kind.
Things can change quickly, as Burns discovered while talking to one Iraqi about any abrupt withdrawal of coalition troops:
I said to one man, it sounds very much as though you have been listening to President Bush. And he laughed and he said, Bush’s formula would be fine with us—so a major, major turn here.
A major major turn? Sounds like a Joseph Heller line. Some Baathist supporters won’t be happy about this.
(Via reader Brian)