A Justin Logan op-ed in the DC Examiner notes that hawks, in their endless quest to blame anyone but themselves for the problems in Iraq, have hit upon the idea that Nuri al-Maliki is just inadequate for the job of prime minister. As Justin argues, however, the objective situation simply makes it impossible for him to achieve want the hawks want him to. Iraqi leaders are destined to be actual human beings and not wizards capable of producing magical ponies: "The real problem in Iraq is not Iran or Syria, it wasn’t Ibrahim al-Jaafari, and it isn’t Nuri al-Maliki. It isn’t the case that a few external actors are undermining an otherwise sound strategy. Bush’s ideology-as-strategy model is the problem."

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