Critical But Falls Short
The Iraq Study Group’s report presented a powerful argument that the current Bush policy is not working and that a dramatic change of course must take place. That said, the report failed on one critical issue. No matter what other measures from the report are adopted, neither the insurgency nor the sectarian killing will end.
Iraq must be divided into three main self-rule entities with loose federal ties to allow the Sunnis who have lost power, to govern themselves while receiving equitable share of Iraq’s oil or its revenue. Otherwise the violence will further escalate and could lead to genocide which could claim the lives of more than a million Iraqis. The Bush administration must use every ounce of leverage on a bipartisan basis to push for such a solution.