Thomas Ricks and Karen DeYoung

This is a piece where  you will actually learn about what is going on in Iraq–at least relative to the US military (Ricks being the best sourced man in the world on that front).

The mantra is “Iraqi solutions for Iraqi problems.”

Key quotation:

For some observers, the approach indicates a new realism in Washington, a recognition that long years of grandiose plans drawn from U.S. templates have not worked in Iraq. But others charge that the phrase “Iraqi solutions” implies a cynical U.S. willingness to turn a blind eye to sectarianism, political violence and a wealth of papered-over problems — if that is the price of getting the United States out of Iraq.

“The new phrasing is both the dawning of reality, and the cynical use of language and common sense to camouflage past errors, hoping to avoid the audit of flawed logic that got us to this point,” said a retired British general familiar with the U.S. experience in Iraq, and who asked not to be named because of the sensitivity of his current position.

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