Thursday, December 15, 2005

Other than that, it's a cakewalk

The US Ambassador to Iraq, Zalmay Khalilizad, considers the importance of today's elections in Iraq and quickly runs down the items on the critical to-do list.
Success will depend on improvements in establishing a broad-based and effective government; building stronger Iraqi security forces, and gaining the confidence of all Iraqi communities in their security institutions; winning over insurgents to the political process; increasing the capacity of the national and local government; instituting economic reforms and promoting private-sector development; and gaining more support from neighboring states for stabilizing Iraq.
And here's something the Bush administration would be wise to keep in mind:
Equally important is that key ministers be selected not just for political considerations but also for competence. And the next government must put more emphasis on human rights. [emph added]

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