This is a truly interesting interview that Josh Marshall had with Juan Cole. Professor Cole makes the point that there is just as much possibility that the Iraqis will decide that they will work together to create a viable unified nation as that the country could devolve into a bunch of separate pieces. He notes that what the United States can do is very little to change that equation whether or not we keep our troops there. Do take time to watch it.
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