President George W. Bush cited a poll done in June and July to argue that Iraqis are more optimistic about their future than Americans are about theirs. First of all, even if this were true, it is not good news for Bush.
Second of all, that poll was done before the US assault on Najaf, and the significant deterioration of the security situation in August and September. Many Iraqis had at that time been willing to give Allawi a chance, hoping security would improve. I am sure those numbers would be much lower now.
Moreover, the same poll found that more than 80 percent of Iraqis want an Islamic Republic with Islamic canon law or shariah as the law of the land. So if they are optimistic, it is because they think they can achieve such a goal over US objections. Again, this is not actually good news for Bush.
Once again, the Administration is too full of dolts and ideologues to have any goddamned idea what they are doing.
For those who bemoan that Kerry isn't everything they'd want.
Too bad, at least he is grounded in some sort of reality.
I have no doubt that Kerry's resolution of Iraq will leave many people upset at whatever Iraq becomes. But I am also sure that it will achieve a settlement better than whatever Bush would achieve and with a LOT fewer dead Americans and Iraqis.
The only problem is that a grown up will have to clean up Bush's mess and will likely get little credit in the bargain. So another repeat of the Clinton years.