Uh, Yeah – About Those Elections…

From Holden:

Iraq’s Deputy PM is now publicly expressing doubts that elections can be held in January as planned:

Iraq’s deputy prime minister has indicated for the first time that the much-heralded elections due in January could be derailed by the country’s violent insurgency.

Barham Salih said the authorities were determined to hold the vote, but admitted they would have to assess the security situation nearer the time.

“Holding free and fair elections on time is an obligation that we have undertaken towards the Iraqi people,” he said. But he added: “Nearer the time, the Iraqi government, the United Nations, the independent election commission and the national assembly will have to engage in a real and hard-headed dialogue to assess the situation.”

It is the first time a senior figure in the interim government has acknowledged that the dire security situation in large parts of the country could affect the political process.

The Fallujah offensive means nothing. That’s forty or so U.S. lives and perhaps 1,200 Iraqi lives (but who knows, really?) wasted.