They have a parliament composed essentially of under-educated, unqualified religious obstructionists, and a PM who seems more interested in running a dictatorship than a democracy. They take more "paid" time OFF than they spend working to achieve results, and have little incentive to do otherwise. Based on the latest news, it appears that U.S. troops will in fact pull out by January, since they refuse to come to an agreement regarding our soldiers falling under the jurisdiction of Iraqi courts. Those in their political system who are intelligent and support change are far outnumbered by those who are not. There seems to be little doubt that the Kurds would be better off on their own, IF they can obtain the needed outside support. They have always been the more progressive and better organized.
Joe Biden said it several years ago: The ultimate solution to the stalemate in Iraq might be the division of the country into three separate entities....Shiite, Sunni and Kurd. That would be an extremely unfortunate end result, but it may be the only answer to their indefensible religious extremism and inability to come to a consensus on virtually ANY issue. I'd be shocked to see anything occur in 2011, and unfortunately, I "suspect" that 11 Bravo could very well be right about 2012 as well. They're like a bunch of learning-disabled kids with no capable leadership to guide them. Meanwhile we watch and wait, eternally frustrated by their ignorance.
Edited by Legolas, 16 October 2011 - 11:11 AM.