Nora O’Donnell ask the following on "Hardball."
Question. What has happened in the last 48 hours to make the situation so much different in Iraq?
Answer. Nothing. This civil war has been building gradually ever since the end of direct US rule (CPA) as the communities fight it out for power and wealth. It was inevitable that they would do so. Why people could not see that is a continuing mystery. The civil war has simply reached this level in its process of "organic growth. It has little to do with us.
Question. Is this our worst nightmare?
Answer. Hell No! The civil war and the insurgencies will continue to develop. Our worst nightmare would be a total disintegration of Iraq into a war of all against all, and the situation is headed in that direction. We should look to the security of our forces and embassy. NOW!!
As an unsolicited bit of advice I would suggest to the Bush Administration that they stop thinking of Maliki as a national government head and start thinking of him as a Shia partisan leader seeking the benefit if his community at the expense of others. NOW!!