My article "Towards a Concert of the Middle East" covered much the same ground in "The National Interest on Line." The article can be read here on SST.
Rahim’s formula is an outline of the only really promising idea for sufficiently lowering the "temperature" in the Middle East to avoid prolonged armed struggle, political instability and the real possibility of another war involving the United States.
It is increasingly obvious that the "nations" of Iraq are not going to resolve their competition, rivalries and mutual hostility through the medium of a parliament and elections. VP Cheney can talk himself blue in the face trying to persuade Iraqi politicians that they should "play nice," but they are not going to do it. The Shia Arabs now run the country and they are not going to negotiate that away. The Kurds are happy in their mountains and do not want to give their Sunni Arab enemies anything of value.
Are the odds good for the success of the kind of sustained diplomatic effort that both she and I favor. No. The odds are terrible, but it is "the only game in town." That will be obvious after Petraeus delivers his "non-report" in September. pl