Let’s hope a comprehensive peace treaty between the government and the insurgents is one of them.
It’s a very good sign that (a) so many different insurgent groups have been involved, and (b) so has the U.S. Embassy, meaning of course Khalilzad.
All I can say is, if the government and the insurgents can agree on a formula for our withdrawal, we’d be crazy not to sign on too.
Keep your fingers crossed, folks. There had been rumors at other times of serious meetings between the Iraqi government (as it was then) and the insurgents, but those rumored meetings were well over a year ago if they happened, so clearly nothing came of them. This is an opportunity Iraq can’t afford to let slip; another six months of ‘staying the course’ might find the country too enmeshed in conflict to pull back. Let’s hope this works out.