So what should be next in Iraq? For one, the government needs to be given deadlines in order to get their act together. Iraq needs a better army and a better police force. And all the US support will mean nothing unless the government starts trying. The deadlines should be tied to both reduction of US troops and receipt of US aid – no use throwing good money after bad. Further, some US troops should be left behind in the Kurdish areas both to protect the Kurds and to give Turkey some comfort.
If nothing else, the Iraq war can at last right one very big historic wrong to the Kurdish peoples.