"A bold proposal comes from my friend in Iraq, who knows the security situation there intimately. He argues that Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki should move his government’s 27 ministries, which increasingly are operating in the Green Zone, out into the city. The Iraqi army would protect each outpost of the government, aided by U.S. teams. "The population needs to see there is a government that has the courage to reclaim the city, one district at a time."
My friend likens the current frantic pace in the Green Zone to people in socks trying to run on a slick linoleum floor. "There is a lot of activity, but very little forward motion," he writes. "Hope is not a strategic plan, and the status quo is unacceptable."" Ignatius
Well, that is not going to happen. Al-Maliki knows that if he did what Ignatius suggests (presumably in a Koolaid induced ecstatic state), then he and his playmates would be the "headless horsemen" of Baghdad in short order.
They seem to be disappointed that the Utopian dream of the neocons has come to so little and is in fact is wrecking the societies to which it has been applied for "actualization." The stubbornness of the Muslims in refusing the gift of "progress" is evidently unaccountable in the context of the "obvious" benefits offered by globalization and inclusion in the "World Culture." These noted journalists are apparently downcast by the "mugging" that real diversity is inflicting on their view of how things "ought to be."
This understandable depression is, at times, relieved for them by trips to the Koolaid vat in Iraq or in the bosom of the "true believers." These "treatments" can be charted in the ups and downs in levels of optimism in their writing.
Ignatius clearly needs another Power Point briefing on the subject.