Dick Polman considers the current situation in Iraq. A nugget:
In all likelihood, there will be no finality to this neoconservative folly. Fifty thousand U.S. troops remain, ostensibly to “advise and assist” the Iraqi security forces that will supposedly keep the peace despite the absence of a functioning coalition government. In case you haven’t permanently tuned out Iraq, that is indeed the situation: Nearly six months after the staging of national elections, the various sectarian and religious political parties still haven’t formed a government. Meanwhile, jihadists are still killing with impunity – 61 people died in a Baghdad bombing the other day – and a former U.S. ambassador to Iraq is warning that the current instability “has the potential to re-polarize” the country.