Is history repeating itself?
Hopefully not, but Abbas Kadhim has a great post today where he quotes a Sept 4, 1967 report in the New York Times.
"United States officials were surprised and heartened today at the size of turnout in South Vietnam's presidential election despite a Vietcong terrorist campaign to disrupt the voting. According to reports from Saigon, 83 percent of the 5.85 million registered voters cast their ballots yesterday. Many of them risked reprisals threatened by the Vietcong. A successful election has long been seen as the keystone in President Johnson's policy of encouraging the growth of constitutional processes in South Vietnam." -- Peter Grose, 'U.S. Encouraged by Vietnam Vote,' The New York Times, Sept 4, 1967, page 2.The elections were a good thing but I still think we need to chill out a while before patting ourselves on the back for things the Iraqis are doing.