Sham Elections Update/Iran In The Crosshairs
Scott Ritter says (implying this is the stuff of an upcoming Seymour Hersch article) that the US cooked Iraqi elections results to get the UIA vote below 50% (and, I suppose, to get participation up). Of course, the UIA already 'cooked' the results with Badr Corps manning polling stations (shades of Germany 1933).
UPDATE 25/02: Juan Cole reports of similar rumours in the Iraqi press. (And he drinks the kool aid when commenting on it; beyond the fact that most election results falsibication methods have their limits, it is entirely possible that either a) the American vote count manipulators were just clueless about the fact that due to 'lost votes' for minor parties that weren't enough for even one representative, even in a proportional voting system the bigger parties' share of seats in parliament is greater than their percentage of votes; or b) they counted on Chalabi as agent saboteur. And why he thinks post-Baathist, secular Allawi's voters were all Shi'a is beyond me.)
Scott Ritter also says that Bush already signed the plan of a June 2005 bombing raid on Iran... and the situation reminds of 2002 and the run-up to the Iraq war also in how much the Bush admin tries to foil European efforts here, something that is apparent in DER SPIEGEL's English-language article on Bush's visit to Europe.
Protest on 19/20 March!