TAKING SIDES….As always, the Bush administration is a day late and a dollar short. Here’s the latest on the slow motion train wreck that is Iraq:

The Bush administration is deliberating whether to abandon U.S. reconciliation efforts with Sunni insurgents and instead give priority to Shiites and Kurds, who won elections and now dominate the government, according to U.S. officials.

….Some insiders call the proposal the “80 percent” solution, a term that makes other parties to the White House policy review cringe. Sunni Arabs make up about 20 percent of Iraq’s 26 million people.

It’s hard to believe that anyone is taking this seriously. If reconciliation with the Sunni minority is impossible ? and it probably is ? then we should withdraw and let the Shiite majority take over. The result would be bloody, but at least we wouldn’t be involved. The alternative being mooted here would put us directly on the Shiite side, and we’d be viewed as actively cooperating with a massacre of the Sunni minority no matter how hard we protested otherwise. It’s hard to imagine a more disastrous end to a disastrous war.

For that reason, I suspect this proposal will be adopted.

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