Friday, October 27, 2006
Maliki laid his cards on the table today. "We either support the Shiites, including Sadr or they will oppose us and turn to Iran". Does not have to be. We now can opt for a 2 state solution that is much better for Americans and is what the Iraqis are going to create whether we like it or not. So let us use this pent up anger to our advantage.
This can be a major victory for the US if we have the political courage. How? Pull our troops to the North and South. Break up the Iraqi army and government along cultural lines. Train and provide material support for the Shiites and Kurds. Cut the American hating, Bathist, insurgent harboring Sunnis loose. The Shiites will deal with them. Point the Shiites to helping the Arab Iranians who are being persecuted by the Persian Iranians. The Kurds need no incentive.
Outcomes: Sunnis, Bathists and insurgents gone; two stable American leaning states. Give the hot head Shiite militias including Sadr a useful American goal, giving Iran a major headache. American material support, but no more American dead.
Note: the millions of Arab Iranians live on top of all of Iran’s oil. There is also a well-established smuggling operation in place to carry our arms to Iran.