Iraq, the Middle East and the USA
There is no doubt that the situation in Iraq is now more important than before in its effects on the region and the rest of the world. The Middle East is an important geopolitical region not only because of the very well know historic facts and economical aspects but more importantly because of the challenge of the terrorist group that depends on extremist ideology of Wahabism and its alike. Saudi Arabia is very well known of its support not only for this but its financial support for such groups.
Iraq became the new base for such action even more than Afghanistan before in view of its geographical position to Saudi Arabia, Syria and other neighboring Arab and non-Arabs. The American is in a very difficult and non-envious situation. If they are going to leave Iraq exposed to the hands of the extremist and Al-Qaeda, there will be no doubts that the map of the ME and the rest of the region will change for ever towards the worst. There will be no safe place and the oil wealth will be under the thumb of the terrorists not only in Iraq but in the Gulf.
On the other hand if the US troops stayed in Iraq the terrorists with the help of Syria, Iran, Saudi Arabia and other Gulf and some Arabs will try their best to make it difficult for the American and the Iraqis as is it now. It is a big challenge even bigger than the initial invasion which liberated Iraq from the tyrant however the terrorists tried to full the vacuum created by the failures of the US and Iraqi government to manage the post-war phase. The recent American changes, Baker-Hamilton report and statements are even going to push the other side (the terrorists) more towards inflicting more damage and chaos because of the lack of clear and decisive policy to deal with the whole issues in Iraq.
The best way to deal with the situation is not easy however the blame and accusations of responsibility between the Iraqi government and the US will worsen the issue. The only way to deal with it is to enable the existed government to stand on its feet and give it more freedom and equipments plus training for the Iraqi forces to destroy the terror groups by using the Iraqi way and not the soft American way. The best people to deal with this issue are the Iraqis in their own way and the terrorist know that very well. Indeed the terrorists fear one thing only which is if the Iraqis allowed to do it by their own way. The Iraqi government may need to do some changes in its structures and appoint some strong officers to tackle the terrorists irrespective of their views or religion.
What is needed is Worthless approach against those who do not put the weapons. The Iraqi government with full support from the USA must issue a short time for the militia groups to come to dialogue but first to denounce terrorism and put the weapons. If not and once the deadline passed they will and have to be crushed by the Iraqi forces alone and with a worthless way which is the best and most effective way to stop them.
Over all countries like Syria, Iran and the Wahabis who support the terrorists in Iraq should be punished by different ways including sanctions by the UN and even surgical strikes until they stop their interferences. The UN may be able to create a safe zone to allow the Iraqi and US forces to cross into Syrian borders to tackle the terrorists who are crossing from their. If these are not done the situation will get even worse.
It is wrong to blame the Iraqi government of not doing enough while the US tied the hands of this government. There is huge lack of military equipments with the Iraqi forces and the terrorists better armed than these forces. Every one knows that how important are the armored vehicle, the helicopters, the tanks, the air force and the rest of armaments for each country to protect itself and for the government to keep orders and few only know that the US prevent the Iraqi forces from building itself to a level to protect its sovereignty and internal integrity. Iraq needs Iron fist against the terror groups and strong army to protect itself from another invasion when the US troops leaving!