Daniel Pipes, reacting to widespread if cautious optimism on Iraq's prospects:
Tehran has aspired to seize effective control of Iraq since the U.S.-led overthrow of Saddam Hussein in 2003. With many levers at hand, from mosques to schools to militias to politicians, the Iranian despots are well placed to inherit the country. . . .
In a year or two, the current elections will be looked back on as a cosmetic episode that somehow deceived otherwise savvy observers.