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Kurdistan Is a Model for Iraq?

So writes Kurdish leader Masud Barzani in today’s Wall Street Journal

The rhetoric of democracy wears thin, however, when his administration is as intolerant of free press as neighboring Syria and Iran. The Kurds have had an excellent opportunity to become a democratic model; alas, they have gone backwards since 2003.

And the demand for entitlement wears thin after the Kurdistan Regional Government’s office in Washington endorsed the most virulent anti-war smears about “Bush’s lies,” something for which Kurdish representative Qubad Talabani refuses apology.

Michael Rubin — Michael Rubin is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, senior lecturer at the Naval Postgraduate School’s Center for Civil-Military Relations, and a senior editor of the Middle East ...

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