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Monday, February 14, 2005

Iraq Election Results

That was then...

Cheney said he does not think that means Iraq will have a theocracy like that in neighboring Iran , where individual rights are restricted.

This is now...

WASHINGTON -- When the Bush administration decided to invade Iraq two years ago this month, it envisioned a quick handover to handpicked allies in a secular government that would be the antithesis of Iran's theocracy -- potentially even a foil to Tehran's regional ambitions.

But, in one of the greatest ironies of the U.S. intervention, Iraqis instead went to the polls and elected a government with a strong religious base -- and very close ties to the Islamic republic next door. It is the last thing the administration expected from its costly Iraq policy -- $300 billion and counting, U.S. and regional analysts say.

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