The Man Who Ran Iraq
Was Iraqi sectarianism inevitable?
One of the characteristics of post-conflict situations is that political leaders tend to focus on what we would call in America their base. That can have the effect of exacerbating apparent differences, in this case sectarian differences. What we could have done [to discourage that], I am not sure.
Will Iraq dissolve into two or three different nations?
I believe the Iraqis do want to stay on as one country. The risk is less from the Shiite-Sunni divide and more from the possibility that the Islamist Shias overplay their hand. The Kurds would find it difficult to stay in an Iraq that was trending toward a theocracy. But I don't think that will happen. Iraqis in the end want a secular government that respects Islam. I remain optimistic.
Why those boots? You were always dressed in jacket and tie but walked around in Timberlands or combat boots.
My son gave me those boots with a note that said, "Go kick some butt, Dad." I didn't really think about them until I realized I was brushing my shoes every 15 minutes because there was so much dust. So I said the boots will work because they won't show the dust.