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Grounds for Optimism


I don’t think the country is ready, either psychologically or politically, for the very real chance that the U.S. military is going to stabilize Iraq and end the insurgency–on the al Qaeda side with help from millions of formerly hostile Sunnis, and on the Shiite side, with Shiites fed up with the criminality of their own militias, and that relatively soon oil and electrical supplies will continue to improve even more radically, as well as the general economic climate of the country at large.

Yet, there is at least a 60/40 chance of that happening very soon, and should it transpire we will witness some  of the most interesting political contortions in American history.


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