Thursday, January 12, 2006

Play Nice with Others

From the Washington Post:

Iraq's most influential Shiite politician said Wednesday that he would not allow a new government to "change the essence" of the country's constitution, despite a promise made to Sunni Arabs that it would be opened to major revision.


However, a Western diplomat who spoke on condition of anonymity, said it was important "to remember that there's a lot of jockeying for political position going on. I think you have to look at the comments people are making as part of that process. Everyone is staking out their position in advance of the announcement of final election results."

Let's hope that this Western diplomat is right because even firing Rumsfeld and finding someone to manage this war correctly might not be able to stop a civil war if the constitution leaves in place a loose federal government allowing most of the oil revenue to go to the Kurds and Shiites.