“A ‘surge’ or ‘targeted increase in U.S. troop strength’ or whatever the politicians want to call dispatching more combat troops to Iraq isn’t the answer. Adding more trainers and helping the Iraqis to help themselves, is. Sending more U.S. combat troops is simply sending more targets.”
“For the Iraqi government to have botched both [Saddam Hussein’s] trial and execution . . . and turned monster into victim, is not just a tragedy but a crime. . . .
“The whole sorry affair illustrates not just incompetence but also the ingrained intolerance and sectarianism of the Maliki government. It stands for Shiite unity and Shiite dominance above all else. . . .
“We should not be surging American troops in defense of such a government.”