AYATOLLAH ENDORSES DEAN

Well, not really. But he sure sounds a lot like a Dean supporter: Iraq Aide Brands U.S. Formula As ‘Hasty’

An aide to Iraq’s most prominent Shiite Muslim cleric on Friday branded the U.S. formula for transferring power a “hasty agreement” aimed at boosting President George W. Bush’s re-election campaign.

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Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Husseini al-Sistani, the country’s most influential Shiite Muslim figure, has demanded that members of a new provisional legislature be chosen by the voters. The Americans want them selected in a series of regional caucuses.

U.S. officials insist al-Sistani’s demand for elections is unfeasible given Iraq’s security situation. Many Shiites suspect the Americans simply want to manipulate the caucuses to make sure favored Iraqis win seats.

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Comments

  1. John Anderson says:

    Love it! We are being ‘hasty’ by moving the timetable to July (well, I think so too, but…) so the obvious answer is – do it tomorrow!

    And they wonder why we don’t understand them.

  2. Mithras says:

    Yes, Muslim Clerics for Dean! has a good ring to it.

    *ahem* Can we return to substance? Please?

  3. Mark Hasty says:

    I don’t see what’s so wrong with a ‘Hasty’ formula.

  4. Harrumph! Don’t be hasty, little ayotollah.