...I Congratulate the Iraqi people that defied the odds and went out to vote...and the United States Military that made that possibility a reality!
"Some came on crutches, others walked for miles then struggled to read the ballot, but across Iraq, millions turned out to vote Sunday, defying insurgents who threatened a bloodbath." (source)
"...After a slow start, men and women - many holding babies - formed long lines at some polling stations and officials said turnout appeared higher than expected, although it was too soon to tell for sure." (source)
"Polling stations officially closed as of 5 p.m., but the election commission said anyone still in line would be allowed to vote. An Iraqi election official said that 72 percent of eligible Iraqi voters had turned out so far nationwide." (source)
"The Iraqi people have clearly turned out ... because they recognize the vote is their opportunity for a different kind of future." Condoleezza Rice -Secretary of State (source)
So when I think of all the troops that have lost their lives, all the in-fighting here in the US and the tension around the world, I say to the Iraqi people..."Earn this, earn it"...
(Saving Private Ryan)