....and the political quaqmire in Baghdad.........
If you read Bremer's book, you will recognize every name and know a bit of bio about each of the players. They're having the same arguments, among the same individuals, as they did back then, and now that it is solely in their hands, there's no "quasi-arbiter" to keep things moving.
Remember how there would be thousands of body bags coming back in a steady stream? Remember how they would never be able to hold elections over there?
Remember Baghdad Bob?
"Maybe they will enter Umm Qasr and Basra, but how will they enter Baghdad? It will be a big oven for them. They can penetrate our borders but they cannot reach Baghdad. They will try to pull our army and troops out but we are well aware of their plans and they will fail."
Mohammed Saeed al-Sah
Any resemblance to Ted Kennedy purely coincidental.