IF IF IF….Fred Kaplan takes a look at the latest Iraq strategy coming out of Baghdad and is unimpressed:

If the U.S. military had, say, 100,000 more troops to send and another 10 years to keep them there; if the Iraqi security forces (especially the Iraqi police) were as skilled and, more important, as loyal to the Iraqi nation (as opposed to their ethnic sects) as many had hoped they would be by now; if the Iraqi government were a governing entity, as opposed to a ramshackle assemblage that can barely form a quorum — then maybe, maybe, this plan might have a chance.

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