The New York Times Thomas Friedman had a piece in today's edition on the Iraq elections. He also credits George Bush for seeing the potential for democracy in the Middle East and Iraq in particular. The photos below are from the New York Times website.
Friedman is more reserved about Iraq's future, which is far from certain, but does see the potential for democratic institutions taking hold in the country. He also mentions the potential impact this will have on the legitimacy of the regime in Iran, which can only be a good thing in my mind.