America voted for change. According to the polls, No. 1 on the list of proposed changes is to come up with a new strategy for Iraq, replacing the simplistic "staying the course," a strategy that has been leading us to nowhere, other than getting 60-plus American soldiers killed every month.
The Democrats, along with responsive Republicans and independents, can change direction, unifying behind a practical strategy of partitioning Iraq into two or more federal or sovereign states along ethnic lines.
First, in the next few months, make Kurdistan a free nation. The Kurds for centuries have longed (and deserved) to be their own nation. They will embrace a true democracy.
As for the Iraqi Sunnis and Shiites, bring them together to discuss how to divide up the remaining territory regarding the most important commodities, oil and land.
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Readers are encouraged to enter 'Iraq partitioning' into Google for a list of many politicians and scholars who support partitioning as a bipartisan strategy for exiting Iraq with dignity and purpose, and establishing true democracy in the Middle East.
David R. Carlson