Political Progress in Iraq? Maybe, if Congress Butts Out

The rush to find an exit strategy from Iraq is on. Because nobody wants to leave behind a festering civil war that could make the current level of violence look trivial in comparison, Washington is now preoccupied with a last-minute attempt to conjure political reconciliation out of the hot desert air. Congress is falling over itself to establish "benchmarks" for political progress in Iraq, as if some formal declaration of tasks to be accomplished will suddenly galvanize Iraqi politicians...Full Story
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