Face it, the country needs a dictator to keep it under control. A moderate won't cut it. Right now, there is a huge schism between the Sunni and the Shia. Al-Maliki won't give up his seat as the Prime Minister, even though Allawi narrowly won the elections last March. Al-Maliki is in the Iranian camp, yet he is seen by some in the region as being pro-US.
Allawi, who is secular and pro-US, is holding meetings with al-Sadr in Damascus <-think Syrian influence here.
The entire regime is corrupt, from the bottom to the top, and it's a wreck.
Saddam may have been a tyrant and a piece of crap, but he was a known quantity in the region.
Total nonsensical hogwash. Sounds like State Department “stability” doctrine. Iraq is no longer a threat. This is unbelievably obvious. Iraq was a threat under Saddam.