Voter turnout in Iraq: 72 percent. Official prediction: 57 percent. Pretty impressive, especially since terrorists promised to “to wash the streets of Baghdad with the voters’ blood.”

History will show that America, once again, has changed the world for the better. Call me jingoistic. Accuse me of ethnocentrism. I don’t care. We’ve delivered a wonderful gift to the people of Iraq and Afghanistan.

UPDATE: Voter turnout numbers appear to be fluctuating wildly. Latest estimates have it around 60 percent rather than 72 percent. In newer news, Sunni voting appears to have gone much better than expected: 40 percent.