Isn’t this the opposite of what the surge was supposed to accomplish? We were supposed to have space for political reconciliation. This open warfare between factions is precisely the opposite of political situation. Propping up Maliki has led to this.
The American presence is supposed to prevent civil war, and here we are, our military supporting one side of a civil war.
Also, saw this: “The Turkish military said Saturday that it had killed 15 Kurdish rebels in northern Iraq on Thursday using long-range land weapons, Reuters reported.” in a NY Times article. I got to find out what’s going on with that.