Commentary on the present and future of culture, politics, economics, and social values................... "At any given instant/All solids dissolve, no wheels revolve,/And facts have no endurance." W.H. Auden.

Wednesday, January 26, 2005


Iraqi elections will be held on January 30. The immediate issue facing the new government of Iraq after the elections will be how quickly to expel the US from Iraq.

That the new government will invite the US to leave is certain. Since it will be a majority Shiite government, it will have to win support from the Sunis and from the insurrectionists/terrorists in order to govern. It can only do this by ridding Iraq of a US military presence. The only question is how soon the new Iraqi government will act on this decision.

Our view is that it will act quickly. Current Pentagon plans to remain in Iraq through 2007 will have to be dumped.

Or will the US try to stay in Iraq against the wishes of the Iraqi government?

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