COMPLEX FORCES….The Washington Post reports that Iraqis are unanimously unhappy with the recommendations of the ISG:
They said the report is a recipe, backed by threats and disincentives, that neither addresses nor understands the complex forces that fuel Iraq’s woes….Iraqis also expressed fear that the report’s recommendations, if implemented, could weaken an already besieged government in a country teetering on the edge of civil war.
“It is a report to solve American problems, and not to solve Iraq’s problems,” said Ayad al-Sammarai, an influential Sunni Muslim politician.
Fine. So what are these complexities the ISG failed to discern? What do the Iraqis themselves think we ought to do?
Nothing, apparently. If you click the link you will not find one single Iraqi making a constructive suggestion. You will find only Sunnis alarmed at the proposals that seem to favor Shiites, and Shiites alarmed at the proposals that seem to favor Sunnis. Something tells me the ISG commissioners understood this dynamic pretty well.