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Setting a really low bar for the Iraq referendum

There’s nothing like a photo op with a a little brown child, right Chimpy? Doesn’t Laura look thrilled? This was taking at a visit to a kindergarten class during the reopening of Delisle Elementary School in Pass Christian, Mississippi today. (REUTERS/Larry Downing)

Bush expects violence in Iraq. He can’t sugar-coat it this time around. Everyone knows that the situation there is out of control, so he doesn’t even bother trying anymore — but he’s still delusional.

President George W. Bush said on Tuesday he expected violence in Iraq before the country’ constitutional balloting this weekend but also expects Iraqis to turn out to vote.

…”I expect violence because there’s a group of terrorists and killers who want to try to stop the advance of democracy in Iraq,” he said. “I also expect people to vote, which is a remarkable achievement,” he added. “We had a remarkable achievement last January when millions of people voted and now have a chance to vote on a constitution that will help unify the country.”

In Iraq on Tuesday, two bomb attacks killed nearly 30 Iraqis in the northern town of Tal Afar and in Baghdad, four days before a referendum on a draft constitution that has divided Iraq’s main communities.

…He said the people of Iraq are paying “a heavy price for democracy.”

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