Monday, August 23, 2010

Democratic Stability in Iraq: Who really won?

The withdrawal of the Army 4th Brigade from Iraq on August 19th ended the U.S. combat mission there. The remaining 50,000 troops, due to withdraw at the end of 2011, are to provide support and training for the Iraqi army.

Seven years, one trillion dollars, more than 4,000 U.S. troops dead and thousands more wounded, the success of U.S. military intervention depends on the Iraqis forming and maintaining a democratic stable government. The matter remains in grave doubt.

From Foreign Policy comes a lead story: “The King of Iraq.” Who might that be? A previous arch enemy of U.S. forces and the previous al-Maliki government, none other than Moqtada al-Sadr, a potential kingmaker of any new Iraqi governing coalition. Would his centrality in a new Iraqi coalition be considered a mission accomplished?

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