Iraq's borders are substantially a result of a secret partition (see map) between the British and French in 1916 that had nothing to do with historic or sectarian considerations and everything to do with staking out spheres of post-World War I influence. The partition is recognized as a turning point in relations between the West and Arab peoples, which is to say that it has pretty much been all downhill since.His solution would be to place a small U.S. force in Kurdistan, which presumably would welcome the military presence because it would help protect Kurds from Arab Iraqis and ease tensions between Kurdish Iraqis and Turkey.
From Kurdistan, the American military could readily move back into any Sunni Arab area where Al Qaeda or its allies established a presence. The Kurdish peshmerga, Iraq’s only reliable indigenous military force, would gladly assist their American allies with intelligence and in combat. And by shifting troops to what is still nominally Iraqi territory, the Bush administration would be able to claim it had not “cut and run” and would also avoid the political complications — in United States and in Iraq — that would arise if it were to withdraw totally and then have to send American troops back into Iraq.Yes, it's bold and it's messy. But it's a start on a way out.