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No Exit Now

Paris, France - There is no way for the U.S. to withdraw from Iraq now. A federal system should be created that includes as many levels of devolution as necessary -- certainly more than just Sunni, Shia and Kurdish entities.

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Bill Pigman, Moscow,Russia:

1. Have Congressional debate/vote on whether to increase troops or to have phased withdrawl. Select timeframe: say one year.

2. I presume phased withdrawl will be selected. Negotiate details that plan with Iraquis, but keeping timeframe of less than one year. Negotiate participation of third countries in peacekeeping , withdrawl assistance during the one year. If none agree to help, so be it.

3. Action the plan.

Oscar Mayer:

There is a need to provide regional autony as a first step. This is a face saving solution.

Following this, the United States should through its support behind the Sunni federation, arm it militarily and support an experienced general preferably a former Baathist to take control. The cover would be that the control is only temporary until peaceful democracy is returned.

Having achieved that, it is only a small step to bring the Shite provinces under Sunni control. The basis for extending Sunni control on the Shite region would be provocation from Shite incursions across the border.

Eveerything can be salvaged, yet!!!

Bill, Los Angeles, CA:

"A federal system should be created that includes as many levels of devolution as necessary..." This is oxymoronic. Devolution entails the grant of power (temporary) to local entities from a central authority that can resent it's largess at any time. A true federalist system would entail creation of sovereign states fully independent from central interference in local matters. All of the various postulations seem to suffer from failure to consider two important factors: 1)Iraq is basically a fuedal society arranged on tribal alliance, and religious fundamentalism; and 2)most of the forward looking middle class which might be capable of or interested in bridging the gap between the dark ages and the age of enlightenment has fled. Good luck and be sure to get your orders in early for season tickets to the civil war and the coming age of barbarism.

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