January 25, 2005


Election Is Looking Up for Allawi (Edmund Sanders, January 25, 2005, LA Times)

[I]n the final week of campaigning there is little dispute that momentum is quietly building for Allawi, a onetime CIA-backed Iraqi opposition leader who many predicted would never shake his image as a U.S. puppet.

Recent polls show support is growing for a slate of candidates led by the former neurologist. Nearly a third of Iraqis now believe that Allawi, who was appointed by the United States as prime minister in June, has been "very effective." That's twice the number who thought so last fall, according to a survey conducted in January by the International Republican Institute, a Washington-based group with links to the GOP.

Random interviews with Iraqis across the country suggest that the prime minister is picking up support in some unlikely places, hinting that he may have the ability to bridge Iraq's ethnic and religious divides.

Allawi has taken advantage of his incumbency and name recognition, his image as a strongman and his Shiite ethnicity, presenting his slate as a secular alternative to the religious Shiite parties.

"He's going to do surprisingly well," predicted Abdul Zahra Zaki, editor of the left-leaning Al Mada newspaper, who said he planned to vote for the prime minister. "People want to give him a chance to continue what he started."

Continue? But the MSM keeps telling us it's a hopeless quagmire....

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 25, 2005 6:45 AM

I didn't think the U.S. appointed him, the Iraqi Coucil did.

Posted by: Jana at January 25, 2005 8:27 AM

The U.S. didn't appoint him, the Iraqi Council did.

Posted by: Jana at January 25, 2005 8:29 AM

One needs to remind these people that the soon to
be late Admiral Darlan, than Petain wannabe was
State's choice over DeGaulle.

Posted by: narciso at January 25, 2005 12:04 PM