Furthermore, I am looking forward to an Iraqi PM who can lead effectively and intelligently. I want to see an Iraqi PM take those magic wands out of the hands of ISF and give them the most high tech and validated equipment. Nouri al Maliki has proven to be weak in that area.
In the meantime, the greatest worry may be that if Allawi's bloc gets cut out of power, the Sunni Arabs, who boycotted the last election, could return to the insurgency. Al-Maliki already has accused Allawi of harboring former Baathists, the party of Saddam Hussein, in his coalition.
Saddam, a Sunni, ruthlessly repressed Shiites during his rule. Shiite clerics are signaling that they never would accept a government led by Allawi.
This does not bode well for a peaceful resolution of Iraq's political divisions, and that, in turn, could complicate the U.S. withdrawal.
I hope that Iraqis do not return to sectarian violence, no matter who wins this election.