Ahmad Chalabi, the onetime U.S. ally and perennially controversial Iraqi politician, appears in a campaign poster in a public square in Baghdad. A spoof campaign poster being circulated by email depicts him as "The Thief of Baghdad." Iraqis enjoy poking fun at candidates ahead of the March 7 parliamentary elections. (Hannah Allam/MCT)
Ahmad Chalabi, the onetime U.S. ally and perennially controversial Iraqi politician, appears in a campaign poster in a public square in Baghdad. A spoof campaign poster being circulated by email depicts him as "The Thief of Baghdad." Iraqis enjoy poking fun at candidates ahead of the March 7 parliamentary elections. (Hannah Allam/MCT)
Ahmad Chalabi, the onetime U.S. ally and perennially controversial Iraqi politician, appears in a campaign poster in a public square in Baghdad. A spoof campaign poster being circulated by email depicts him as "The Thief of Baghdad." Iraqis enjoy poking fun at candidates ahead of the March 7 parliamentary elections. (Hannah Allam/MCT)

Iraqi elections have high stakes, but low bar

March 02, 2010 06:02 PM

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