August 20, 2005

Doublespeak Watch: Iraqi Constitution

Recently, the interim Iraqi government missed its deadline for a new constitution.  Sounds like bad news, right?  Not to the White House:

Iraqi leaders have announced that they have made substantial progress toward a draft constitution. They have indicated that their deliberations will continue beyond today to refine the text and build an enduring consensus. I applaud the heroic efforts of Iraqi negotiators and appreciate their work to resolve remaining issues through continued negotiation and dialogue. Their efforts are a tribute to democracy and an example that difficult problems can be solved peacefully through debate, negotiation, and compromise.

You wouldn't even know a deadline had been missed...

By Will Friedman in Doublespeak | Permalink  | 


Dear Liberal Elite,

Mr. McCarthy or Hoover would have you arrested right away for such communist-like prose....

Shame on you Mr. Abroad American. Are you really an American after all?? I will have your blog under CIA watch

Segroe HUB

P.S : My name is an alias. If you add a "G" to my first name and spell it backwards, and add an "S" to my last name after letter "H" and spell it backwards, you will know who I am.
Should you ever tell anyone that I wrote you, nobody would ever believe it anyway....

Posted by: Navy | Aug 23, 2005 3:29:16 AM

I always knew you were a fan, Mr. Nediserp...

Posted by: Overseas Will | Aug 23, 2005 3:43:04 AM

Ah, yes. Another instance in the Bush Administration when infighting, stalling and general chaos is considered PROGRESS. I am SO proud.

Posted by: Courtney | Aug 23, 2005 9:00:05 AM

The idea of placing a deadline upon the interim Iraqi government to draft a constitution was a bit ridiculous. The naysayers should consider how difficult it was to write the US Constitution. The framers didn't even get it right the first time (having to later junk the Articles of Confederation). And the members of the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia didn't have extremist goons trying to assassinate them during the process. That there is continued progress in Iraq toward democracy and representative government should be hailed, rather than sniped at.

Posted by: Greg | Sep 13, 2005 3:26:08 PM

Hi Greg,

I think that almost every American would agree that Democracy in Iraq would be a good thing. What we are asking for though, is honesty about where we are in the process, rather than spin.

Let's face it, the negotiators did not "build an enduring consensus." They ignored the concerns of the Sunnis altogether, and the result has been some of the worst violence since the beginning of the occupation.

We still may be, and indeed must be, successful in Iraq. But it's scary that the outcome is in the hands of the same group of people who have gotten us into this mess. We need leaders who are willing to face reality, not ideologues who are living in a bubble.

Posted by: Overseas Will | Sep 23, 2005 9:50:44 AM

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