This has happened before, and almost certainly wont topple the government, but once again we see that the troop surge, while not decreasing violence around the country (and hardly in the capital), has succeeded in exacerbating the instability and thereby hampering necessary political progress.
Speaking of political progress, Fox News Sunday (video) provided a nice litany of promised political acts of reconciliation that have yet to come to pass:
- No Oil Revenue Sharing Law - this would prevent the Sunnis from feeling like they will share in the riches, thereby decreasing the motivation to blow yourself up.
- No DeBaathification Reconciliation - re enfranchising the thousands of Iraqis that were only in the Baath Party out of political necessity, once again decreasing the support base for the insurgency
- No Local Elections Set - Local control, as the Constitution guarantees, will give a larger set of people a stake in maintaining stability
- No Amended Constitution - the only reason the Sunnis agreed to ratify the Constitution was the assurance (from our Ambassador, no less) that the Constitution would be modified to address their concerns.
Perhaps using the Democratic Congress's anti-war stance as a threat could get them in gear?