As the Middle East swirls deeper and deeper into the quagmire, creating more enemies for the future as it goes, it is hard to remember that there was a time when it all could probably have been solved. In 2006 there was a proposal to divide Iraq into three parts written by Leslie H. Gelb and then Senator Joseph Biden. In their essay, Biden and Gelb wrote: “It is increasingly clear that President Bush does not have a strategy for victory in Iraq. Rather, he hopes to prevent defeat and pass the problem along to his successor.”
With the election now a year away and the keys to the White House about to be turned over to a new someone in 2017, are we just buying more time before admitting that the whole excursion into Iraq in the first place was a massive error and that once it happened, we should have just let the inhabitants decide their own fate or is there anything left to be done by some new POTUS.