- Juan Cole contradicts himself when discussing the elections in Iraq.
- This idea that the Bush administration supported and Sistani shot down was actually not Bremer's idea, as Cole says.
- Going with Sistani's suggestion was a bad thing, contrary to what Cole says.
As to the contradiction, Cole practically points it out himself. His point seems to be that while it really is of huge significance (I agree), it's also not nearly the model we'd hope it would be. This is like having Droopy Dog catch Jeffrey Dahmer. It's a triumph, yet embarrassing.