Ackerman reacts to news that Anbar Awakening members might not be given jobs:

...here’s a question about Iraq I can’t answer. Let’s say the Iraqi government doesn’t hire the extra ex-insurgents, and instead arrests many of them. Does the Sunni community from which most of the ex-insurgents come from support a return to insurgency in that case? The recent ABC public opinion poll in Iraq suggests that Iraqis in general want a return to normalcy, but Arab Sunnis still lag behind Arab Shiites and Kurds in terms of political contentment. To oversimplify matters considerably: at what point would the Sunnis who have already stepped back from the violent abyss once this year say they’ve had the Shiite-led government break too many promises?

My take here.

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