The Iraqi election "bait and switch": faulty poll will not bring peace or US withdrawal
The Iraqi election "bait and switch": faulty poll will not bring peace or US withdrawal by Carl Conetta. PDA Briefing Report #17, January 2005. Problems of bias, insecurity, and voter confusion have undermined the democratic value of the election. Nonetheless, it will win greater international legitimacy for the US mission and enable more vigorous counter-insurgency operations. US withdrawal will not soon occur. The memo examines likely electoral outcomes and the factors shaping the new Iraqi government. An addendum summarizes Iraqi public opinion regarding the occupation and US forces.
By Project on Defense Alternatives , US.