As I mentioned in my last posting I have noticed a troubling feature of the Iraqization process- Sunnis soldiers/policemen who distance themselves from the coalition forces. In other words, with a few pointed attacks on" collaborators," the guerillas have achieved their objectives. I wonder how much the recent guerilla successes owe to good guerrilla intelligence and how much of that comes from"our" Sunnis. (The idea that Bremer is delaying turning over additional power to the governing councils to assure greater Sunni representation is beyond my comprehension - but, then, Bremer, Powell and Tenant are all unfortunate examples of the Peter principle. They have been promoted beyond their competencies which amounts to keeping the media happy and fabulous networking. - Sorry, criticizing individuals is not my usual cup of tea).
Back to my main point - what should be done? Simple - no American humveas, helicopters or anything else in Iraq (or at least in the Sunni triangle) should move without Iraqis on board. Closeness will make the hearts of the two forces grow fonder as will sharing the risks along with the benefits.
Similarly, oil revenues should be shared by the Iraqi people through checks sent by the oil ministry to Iraqi families. Not charity but profit sharing. Once the economy recovers, taxation, including on those revenues, should pay for the running of the Iraqi government."Walking around" money to our friends create vicious tyrants like multi-millionaire Arafat. George Schultz supports this idea - so it cannot be economically unfeasible.
Let's give Iraqis a reason to support the Red White and Blue.