Thursday, December 07, 2006

The view from Baghdad

From the WashPost: “Threats wrapped in misunderstandings

Iraqis also expressed fear that the report's recommendations, if implemented, could weaken an already besieged government in a country teetering on the edge of civil war.

"It is a report to solve American problems, and not to solve Iraq's problems," said Ayad al-Sammarai, an influential Sunni Muslim politician.
I don’t know what I can add to the billions of electrons spilled on this topic, but from what I’ve read about the ISG report the problem is that the Maliki government isn’t strong enough and the answer is to tell them: “Be strong!”

Pressure the Iraqi government to take more responsibility and threaten to reduce US military, political, and diplomatic support if it fails to do so.
Stop sucking or we’re outta here! Great, great advice.

More – And here’s George Will with “A report overtaken by reality.”

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