Friday, December 01, 2006

Krauthammer on Iraq

Charles Krauthammer has an interesting post on National Review Online about the current state of affairs in Iraq. Krauthammer makes the point Iran and Syria really have nothing to offer us in Iraq so there is no benefit in negotiating with them. I think that Krauthammer offers a pretty accurate analysis of the situation, but then he offers this prescription:

The U.S. should be giving Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki a clear ultimatum: If
he does not come up with a political solution in two months or cede power to a
new coalition that will, the U.S. will abandon the Green Zone, retire to its
bases, move much of its personnel to Kurdistan where we are welcome and safe,
and let the civil war take its course. Let the current Green ZoneƂ–protected
Iraqi politicians who take their cue from Moqtada al-Sadr face the insurgency
alone. That might concentrate their minds on either making a generous offer to
the Sunnis or stepping aside for a new coalition that would.

Giving the Green-Zone politicians and Sadr the opportunity to face the Sunni insurgents alone would seem toguaranteee an all out fight between these groups. I am not sure how the outcome would be anything other than the victoriousmilitiaa putting its leader in place. At present I cannot see any better approach than a continuation of the current strategy of building up government controlled forces with US advisors to hopefully temper their worst impulses.

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