25 August 2007

Sunrise or Sunset?

Fact: The ‘surge' (both in numbers and living into the local neighborhoods) of U.S. troops has lowered the violence in and around Baghdad, and given the Iraqi government a chance to succeed.

The Bottom Line: If the Iraqi government can't or won't use the window of opportunity provided by the surge, the U.S. might have to switch strategy. There's a frustration by Iraqi citizens and military leaders with PM Maliki’s inability to be a reconciliation leader, and a fear that the momentum generated by the surge could be lost. But there is still time... and PM Maliki seems to be making efforts - and we are at the tipping point...


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