Thursday, January 21, 2010


Iraq's president said Thursday a high-level commission will investigate the legitimacy of a decision to ban candidates with suspected ties to Saddam Hussein's regime from running in the March 7 parliamentary election.

Jalal Talabani said a presidential panel will study whether the committee that issued the ban against 511 candidates has been given the full authority and support from parliament. The blacklist has angered some Sunni leaders and threatens to cast a shadow over the legitimacy of the vote.

Got that? Eight years after we deposed Saddam Hussein, with over 100,000 U.S. troops still in Iraq, Iraq's president doesn't want candidates with suspected ties to Saddam Hussein barred from running in parliamentary elections.

Why do we waste our time and lives and money in failed attempts to civilize that region?

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