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I am: progressive, not a wild-eyed Progressive; liberal, but shun liberals and Liberals; conservative, but some Conservatives worry me; absolutely NOT a libertarian. I am: an idealist, but no utopian; a pragmatist, but no Machiavellian. I am a realist who dreams.


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Thursday, December 15, 2005

Iraqi Successes:
   A short timeline of major events

Patrick Clawson, deputy director of The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, wrote a piece in the New Republic Online on the laborious nation building efforts in Iraq. While the following is not exactly the main point of the article, it is interesting to note the accomplishments thus far:

  • In 2003 formation of the Governing Council,
  • the November 2003 outline plan for transition,
  • the December 2003 capture of Saddam,
  • the January 2004 writing of the Transitional Administrative Law,
  • the June 2004 handover from the Coalition Provisional Authority,
  • and the January 2005 elections
Let us not forget the drafting of the constitution in August 2005, the popular vote in October that accepted the draft, and the elections for a new Parliament today


Anonymous MBMc said...

And we dare to call THAT progress?!?

"YES" is the answer we should stick with.

12/15/2005 6:33 PM  

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