March 24th, 2008
01:30 PM ET
15 years ago

Iraqi students focus on U.S. politics


Watch Kyra Phillip's visit to Baghdad University

(CNN)–The fledgling Iraqi government may be slipping in most surveys of top American voter concerns – but students at Baghdad University are paying rapt attention to the political action here in the United States.

As the war enters its sixth year and the U.S. troop death toll passes 4,000, CNN’s Kyra Phillips gets the Iraqi perspective on the U.S. presidential contest from political science students at Baghdad University.

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  1. JB

    5th year!

    March 24, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |

    I hope they learn that American's care about them. Really.
    The Soldiers care.

    March 24, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  3. The Austrian

    I hope someone is teaching them the dangers of imperial statism... o wait, they're getting that lesson first hand.

    March 24, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  4. TheLeftNut

    The men and women of our military are sacrificing their lives for ANOTHER country's constitution and are babysitting ANOTHER country's dysfunctional government.

    IT IS OUR DUTY to be active in upholding the dignity of USA by condeming not condoning torture. To sacrifice a little "security" for the sake of not comprimising our beloved US Constitution regardless of our interests abroad.


    March 24, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  5. Paul from Kissimmee

    Hope he didn't tell them that Clinton and Obama plan on leaving them high and dry.

    March 24, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  6. TheLeftNut

    This war was designed to be a barbed invasion. Like a arrowhead, insersion is easy and quick but withdrawl is painful and even more damaging.

    The democratic candidates are not under the illusion that we can withdraw immediatly without consequence but there is NO END INSIGHT. WE CANNOT SUSTAIN sacrificing our men and women for another country's constitution and babysit ANOTHER country's dysfunctional goverment.

    The only one's who benifit are those in the Industrial Military Complex.

    March 24, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  7. HAM

    I hope they're not watching how Obama and Hillary are behaving...

    It's wonderful to see people in school there...

    Hats off to our soldiers!

    March 24, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  8. Mark Cross Junction VA

    Won't take them long to discover all the great benefits that the United States offer. The line will soon develop for welfare, child care, free healthcare, and food stamps. Can't wait for the influx of Iraqs to start.

    March 24, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  9. ImageThat

    Iraqi's holding their elected officials in higher esteem than the American people do with our pitiful 110th do nothing Congress.

    March 24, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  10. selfcenteredsally


    March 24, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  11. Kelley

    Probably on how NOT to run a democratic party election.

    March 24, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  12. TheLeftNut

    Follow the money.

    March 24, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  13. TheLeftNut

    If the Iraqi government (note I said "government") is not spurred to action by a threat of a withdrawl then is that a government that is worth the sacrifice the men and women of OUR military?

    The people of Iraq have suffered enough because of the poor execution of this "war". Their government needs to lead them not ours.

    March 24, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  14. Moe, NY

    The Iraqi's should be learning how to develop a government of their own...and make it work! They, also, should be learning how to end their sick religious intolerance towards one another. If they can accomplish these two items, then we can bring our soldiers home.

    March 24, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  15. Tamara, Virginia

    This article takes me back to what Barack Obama said in San Antonio, Texas: "The world is watching how we conduct ourselves in this election process". And what he said is absolutely true. We as Americansm if we are the model for democracy, are setting apoor example right now with all of the mud-slinging and lack of focus on the issues; and this includes the news media, such as CNN. I think that it is time to stop this trash politics and focus on the real issues that we face in this country.

    March 24, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  16. John

    Well I hope they dont think George Bush actually embrases democracy because hes the closest thing to a dictatorship we have ever had.

    March 24, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  17. Oh Give Me A BREAK

    It's tough to see our troops being used as a protective barrier for a government that only wants them there to protect their own self-interest. The Iraqis have been fighting each other tribally, and religiously for over two thousand years. That region has been in almost constant conflict for generations. A few American troops are not going to change that in 5 (or more years).

    When the fledgling democracy in North America was finding its way, it had very little support, other than some lip service from countries that were enemies of England at the time. Somehow, some way, we found our own way without the protection of troops from another country. Fighting for our rights and our freedoms is what has made us the strong country we are. We don't take democracy lightly. It is not a game. it is not an opportunity for increasing personal wealth.

    THOSE are the lessons the Iraqis should pay attention to. As long as they're leaning on us for currency, protection, and security, they will never be able to stand on their own. it is time for us to leave. There is a much greater threat from the Taliban in Afghanistan. We should be concentrating there....

    March 24, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |

    We need to pray for the Iraqi people, the men, women and children.
    who through no fault of their own got caught up in this mess. "but for
    the grace of God, go I.

    March 24, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  19. Veterans for Obama

    I hope they skip the chapter where a desperate candidate destroys HER own party for selfish reasons while all the major leaders of her party asked her to quit months ago.

    March 24, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  20. demwit

    Wow! Iraqi students can openly study American politics now?
    What's changed??

    March 24, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  21. Alex H

    It's really interesting how an entire country is looking at our presidential race to see how their country is going to be affected for the next 4-8 years.

    March 24, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |