After I posted my quick, at-a-glance analysis of the draft Iraqi Constitution Wednesday night, I spent most of yesterday exchanging e-mails and calls with Iraqi activists and experts on constitutional law.
Robert Blitt from the US Commission on International Religious Freedom was particularly helpful, sharing with me the enclosed analysis of the August 3rd version. The good news is that we've come a long ways since that draft!
The bad news is that the clerics still managed to sneak in a too many loopholes in the constitution that could be used to hijack democracy and impose an Islamic theocracy. For more on this see the Policy Briefing on FDD's website.