Maliki has outmaneuvred Allawi. The solutions to Iraq's current problems are not, as proposed here, political but institutional. The country needs a stronger parliament, courts and provinces as counterweights to centralized power. That really has nothing to do with American troops, but American assistance to the countervailing institutions could be a big help. Daniel Serwerwww.peacefare.net
Who believes that Mr. Pollack, head of the Saban Center whose founder said ""I am a man with one interest, and that interest is Israel," is really concerned with Iraqis? After all Pollack is one of those guys who told us all the wonderful things our invasion of Iraq would bring, and who now conveniently forgets to mention the Iraqi civil war that same already caused putting the blood of literally tens if not hundreds of thousands of innocents on his hands. And he's now so concerned about another such civil war there because of his care for the Iraqis? And he's now pre-emptively trying to shift the blame if there is another such war on "the Administration" who merely inherited the situation he caused for its attempts to avert another such civil war? Riiight.... Your credentials as an analyst were washed away long ago, Mr. Pollack. You're an agent of an agenda, pure and simple, and everyone knows it. Maybe first acknowledge your were wrong initially and the blood and chaos that is on your hands, and resign from the Saban Center, and then while your standard of living would no doubt go down you could hold your head higher and earn your words some credibility.
Ted Galen Carpenter
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