Hot damn! If ever there was a blog post to bookmark and stash into your Sahwat/SoI folder, this is it. I’ll let you enjoy the analysis yourself and just quote the concluding plea (which of course will fall on deaf ears in Washington):
So what is the answer? The answer is to start using strategic leverage by putting direct pressure on Maliki from the highest levels of the U.S. government to integrate the SoIs or risk losing U.S. support to the ISF (that is, move to effectively end our open-ended commitment to Maliki), combining it with the tactical leverage produced by the existence of the Awakening groups themselves (which our commanders and diplomats already use).
Whoever the good doctor is — I’ve done some research and no longer believe Dr. iRack is his real name! — we could use a formidable intelligence like his in the Finnish intelligence/security community.