Thursday, December 30, 2004


Exit Strategy

It will be interesting to see what happens on February 1, the day after the Iraqi elections, if the victorious Shiites turn around and tell the occupying US forces to leave the country. Until now, Shiite leaders appear to have been happy to let the US military do their dirty work for them in suppressing the well-armed Sunni minority, who (perhaps justifiably) fear what will (perhaps justifiably) happen to them in a Shiite-dominated country. What's unclear is if Sistani will want to keep the US around a little longer to help finish the job. If not, it could get interesting.

Break out the popcorn.

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