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A couple of quick thoughts about the Iraqi constitution:
- The last thing we need is to have a Made in America stamp on it. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld's "get a move on" visit to Iraq hurt the legitimacy of the final product.
- Let the delegates take their time. After all, it is supposed to be the political pole star for the future Iraq. Sure, there are less lofty reasons than profound philosophical differences behind the delays. The drafting process gives the delegates significant but temporary leverage over the United States. They can drag their feet if it looks like it helps them wrangle more resources from the Bush Administration. However, there are other reasons as well--not least of which is ensuring its acceptance among all of Iraq's major ethnic and sectarian groups.
- Let's be careful not to trumpet the results too loudly. If the tensions among Shiites, Sunnis, and Kurds erupt into a larger conflict, the aggrieved parties will point to deficiencies in the constitution as their cassus belli.