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"Iraq as a political project is finished"

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The neocon vision, which dragged everyone into their theory, is now officially dead. Iraq as we know it will cease to exist and the deadly experiment on the lives of others is concluding. Even the top ranking Iraqi government officials are publicly preparing everyone for the next step. Maybe now is a good time to begin dragging out all of the wingnuts who sold the US public on this and make them explain themselves in TV. In the old days we could have expected public apologies and people might resign in embarrassment but something tells me the arrogance of this lot would never dream of such a thing. It was all so easy when they were selling the war but where are they today to accept the realities on the ground?

"Iraq as a political project is finished," a senior government official was quoted as saying, adding: "The parties have moved to plan B." He said that the Shia, Sunni and Kurdish parties were now looking at ways to divide Iraq between them and to decide the future of Baghdad, where there is a mixed population. "There is serious talk of Baghdad being divided into [Shia] east and [Sunni] west," he said.

Hoshyar Zebari, the Iraqi Foreign Minister, told The Independent in an interview, before joining Mr Maliki to fly to London and then Washington, that in theory the government should be able to solve the crisis because Shia, Kurd and Sunni were elected members of it.

But he painted a picture of a deeply divided administration in which senior Sunni members praised anti-government insurgents as "the heroic resistance".

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