Morning Report 12/16/04
Rock the Vote!

Election season in Iraq: It's a blast

Iraq's Shiite majority, expected to win control of the country in the January 30 election, are already getting bombed.

Eight of them were killed earlier today near the holy shrine of Imam Hussein in Kerbala, according to Swiss Info.

The country's youngsters, caught up in the merriment, hit the streets to swap photos with Americans through the Department of Defense's Operation Picture Peace (see photo).

A future martyr, with his pals in Baghdad, shows off a friend's "thumbs up," the internationally recognized symbol of U.S. friendship popularized by local celebrity Lynndie England. He's offering to trade two Ayad Allawi cards for a Naked Pyramid, a Grandmother Being Ridden Like a Donkey, and a Man Hooked Up to a Transformer to Make Him "Dance." (DOD photo)

Although his mission has already been accomplished, George W. Bush's job of protecting Iraqis is not done. He declared yesterday:

Bush didn't elaborate, according to the story by David Morgan of Reuters, and no one apparently asked him why his regime decided years ago to meddle in the internal affairs of Iraq by invading it.

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