Sorry about the break off in mid-thought. The Middle East is tribal and runs along the lines of a feudal society, so things aren't going to work quite like they do here. They need someone incredibly strong and magnetic to be their leader. The last leader that was able to get the Sunni's and the Sh'ia to work together was Saladin during the Crusades in 1187. So, what are the chances of such a leader showing up now.
I'm just fed up, because I don't know what to think. I think that we need to take a look at what the Soviets did wrong in Afghanistan and make sure we don't make the same mistakes. I think that since we did invade Iraq, for whatever reasons that when we pull out, the area will remain stablized. It's such a delicate balance between the status quo and chaos. Americans need to understand you can't think of Iraq without thinking of Iran or Syria.
The State Department has a long road to travel. Unfortunately, so do our Soldiers and Marines.
Apologies for the post being so disjointed. Just trying to clear my head after reading the morning posts.