Okay — at what point do we stop saying this is just expected and unavoidable “residual violence” and admit things don’t look so dandy? When the statistics come in? When Maliki is killed or Kirkuk goes up in flames?
My guess is never.
Iraq was never a country, it was the name of an American misadventure, and now that the lads are no longer dying over there, it has ceased to matter altogether.
From top news to a non-issue in less than two years — I guess congrats to Gen. Petraeus and his A-team are in order.