The Next War in Iraq

Even if Maliki is replaced, says Joe Klein, the country will remain in chaos. And there's little the U.S. can do but stand by

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U.S. soldiers from 3-509 Para-Infantry Regiment load onto a Chinook helicopter as they set off on an air assault as part of Operation Marne Husky along the Tigris river south of Baghdad.

At the Iowa Straw Poll a few weeks ago, just about every Republican presidential candidate who mentioned the war in Iraq cited an op-ed piece in the "liberal" New York Times written by two military analysts from the "liberal" Brookings Institution. They had just returned from a brief tour of Iraq where they saw many of the same things I saw on a similar trip in June. They saw the success our military has had in turning Sunni tribes against extremists from al-Qaeda in Iraq (AQI) but then extrapolated wildly, saying this was a war we "just might win."...

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