"The United States ambassador in Baghdad said he and his Iranian counterpart agreed broadly on policy toward Iraq during four-hour groundbreaking talks on Monday, but insisted that Iran end its support for militants.
During a meeting that U.S. Ambassador Ryan Crocker described as businesslike and focused solely on Iraq, the American said Iran proposed setting up a ”trilateral security mechanism” that would include the U.S., Iraq and Iran. Crocker said the proposal would need study in Washington." AP
This is the way out of Iraq. It should be clear by now that Iraq’s problems are beyond our ability to solve. The disparate nature of the population carries within it enmities and rivalries that we have exacerbated by "kicking over the ant-hill" of their fears and hopes. George Carlin likes to talk about "ancient hatreds and modern weapons" as the formula for much of what is happening in the world today. In Iraq, the weapons in the hands of the insurgents and Shia militias are not very modern, but there is no need for them to be.
In my article "Toward a Concert of the Middle East" (posted below somewhere) I suggested that the road out of our situation in Iraq would be found in a sustained "campaign" of diplomacy (backed by force) designed to resolve internal Iraqi issues and regional tensions sufficiently to re-stabilize the Middle East.
Such talks must be conducted by hard headed, practical people like Ryan Crocker. pl