And in Matt's comments Utica chimes in,
Maybe if the Prime Minister of Iraq doesn't like our commanding general in Iraq and wants us to stop arming Sunni groups, but the US government thinks our commanding general is a smart guy and we want to intensify the arming of Sunni groups that we ought to step back, take a deep breath, and decide to leave Iraq to the Iraqis.
It would be ridiculous, after all, to sack an American general because Nouri al-Maliki wants us to. But it would also be ridiculous for an American general to be running around Iraq implementing policies contrary to those of the [elected] Iraqi government we're supposed to be supporting. The best solution is to shake hands and go our separate ways.
...our consciences should be weighing very heavily on us for this war. the noble action for us is NOT to hand out a lot of guns to momentary allies (as if iraq were only a few thousand AK-47's away from stablizing). we've tried giving guns to lots of questionable people in the last forty years -- and it never seems to end well (see pinochet, bin laden, hussein). enough already! our weapons can simply do no GOOD in iraq. we had no right to go in, we have no right to be there today, and we will have no right to be there anytime in the forseeable future. no new plan of any sort can change that fact.I have nothing to add.