Let the Backpedal Begin

From Holden:

Iyad Allawi continues to waiver.

Some areas of Iraq will probably not be secure enough to take part in the Jan. 20 elections, Prime Minister Ayad Allawi said today, even as he announced plans to increase the size of Iraq’s army from 100,000 to more than 150,000 amid continuing attacks by insurgents.

Hostile forces are trying to hinder the security situation and hamper the “guarantee for the participation of all in the election,” Dr. Allawi said.

“Certainly there are some pockets that will not be able to participate, but we do not think it will be widespread.”

Better call the whole thing off, Iyad. If you shut down the polls in two or three provinces you will simply enable the insurgents to concentrate on fewer targets on January 30?