Krauthammer today bemoans BO's "failure" to pressure Maliki into granting American troops permanent legal extraterritoriality in Iraq. He clearly believes that Iraq was willing and eager to be a satrapy of a growing American/Israeli imperium. That imperium has always been the desired end state envisioned in neocon efforts over the last decade. All their protestations concerning modernity, democracy, etc. are just chaff. These lies are and have been distractions, dust thrown in the eyes of the gullible.
The Iraqi Shia Arabs have now asserted the ownership of the country that the US neocons bestowed on them. Proof of that ownership has been delivered in the form of effective expulsion of US forces. pl