since the Shiites, Sunnis and Kurds each want power why not set up an economic infrastructure for each. Two of the three were not allies of SH. Those most opposed to the US and the UN also fall into this third group. Help each group independantly and reward their progress with more help. Stabilization has always been the cheapest cure. having Iraq return to it's indepentent tribal roots might even set an example in other near east hot spots. I think the Arab League could go far in supporting these three parts of Iraq as sort of self interest colonies where economic interests could go far to get trade, employment, and GTP rolling (Gross Tribal product). Iraq is a debtor nation (300B) with 15B oil production annually if it is operational. Three sectors solving their local problems is not an 87B problem. Getting three disparate cultures to meld is a lot more than an 87B problem. The US footprint is shrinking, IRC is leaving the worst areas and NFP's are cutting back. The foreign help for US adversaries pouring into Iraq could easily be focussed into one of the three areas. We could loose in that area (Sunni) and let it turn out as it wants. We could win in the other two areas by giving autonomy rapidly to the Shiites and Kurds. It would be like cutting your losses and letting your Kurds and Shiites run. The people who the Iraq's are indebted to would love the idea that they could have stability sooner so they could get back to collecting debt payments. The US holding them all at bay is not what they want to continue. It's a great idea to enable local tribal autonomy by rewarding local progress and it makes getting out a win win too. Making Iraq a nation is not in the cards. Just make it peaceful and tribal once again. Think economically for a change. Call 201-456-1414 and let them in on the secret.