IRAQI SPLIT: UPI reports that the current post-war plans call for Iraq to be split into three sectors, presumably corresponding to the Shi’a, Sunni, and Kurd regions. While this makes a lot of sense to me, given that the factions will be difficult to manage without a repressive dictator in charge, it seems contrary to the previously announced intention that post-war Iraq would remain intact. It may be that the hope is to turn Iraq into a federal system, which also has merit.

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James Joyner is Professor and Department Head of Security Studies at Marine Corps University's Command and Staff College and a nonresident senior fellow at the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security at the Atlantic Council. He's a former Army officer and Desert Storm vet. Views expressed here are his own. Follow James on Twitter @DrJJoyner.