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David Holiday

"There seems to be an assumption in the US -- and here among US military folk -- that the election was a transparent exercise in organic democracy when in fact it was something far from that. The vote was orchestrated by the United States, from conception to execution. Washington called the elections and dictated the timetable."

Seems to me you are confusing "security for the elections" with the electoral process itself. The US didn't want elections--Sistani did, and called in the UN. The UN recommended the system they got, and the UN helped train poll watchers, etc.

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