I think that we have been dwelling too much on the bloody mess around the Iraqi elections. I think that we should spend a little time on the issues that will be decided by them. TAP has a good round-up:
1. The withdrawal of foreign troops
2. Individual political leaders
3. The ownership of oil
5. Power sharing
By far the most important of these is the withdrawal of foreign troops. Bush is now on record as saying that if asked we will withdraw. Iraq'd has a good run-down on the jam the Shia who should end up in charge will be in over foreign troops. This is going to be the big choice for the new government.