We’ve been gone for one week and things are already unraveling.
I think, technically, we’re there till 12/31/2011, and it’s already coming apart.
Interesting they didn’t try to arrest him while we were there. Wonder if the Shiites said they were going to do this, and that spurred the early pullout announcement.
Step back a step and think.
The only to develop faith in the government is to have a trial of officials that are widely believed to be involved in criminal acts of terrorism.
There is good reason to believe the trials (there may be more, shias even) could not take place while Americans were there. We would be accused of complicity and taking sides.
The relations there are complex and there are many many old grudges to be negotiated and resolved. The process is underway now thet we are not trying to referee.
Give it a couple of months and it will be as if nothing has changed in Iraq since Saddam Hussein.