by Conn Hallinan
Foreign Policy in Focus
"......The success of the "surge" is an illusion. "Nothing is resolved in Iraq," says Cockburn. "Power is wholly fragmented. The Americans will discover, as the British learned to their cost in Basra, that they have few permanent allies in Iraq. It has become a land of warlords in which fragile cease-fires might last for months and might equally collapse tomorrow.""