Wednesday, November 15, 2006

America to "emphasize effectiveness over sectarian balance."

"Some officials say, though, that the problems among Iraqi leaders run far deeper than a rearrangement [of cabinet ministers], even a sweeping one, can fix. Shiites and Sunnis are barely able to tolerate one another, and the tense relations make progress on improvements all but impossible.
. . . 'No matter how many new ministers, they are still going to have the same institutional problems,' said one American official in Iraq, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because he did not have permission to discuss the subject publicly. American policy is about to change, and the shift will emphasize effectiveness over sectarian balance, the official said. 'Instead of having a rainbow coalition, they will have people who can get stuff done,' the official said. 'I think the U.S. will take a more hands-off approach.' "

The New York Times. Iraqi Premier and U.S. General Discuss Syria and Iran. November 14, 2006.

posted: wednesday, november 15, 2006, 2:29 PM ET



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