The consensus seems to be that everyone wants a thread to discuss Iraq, but some expressed a concern that the prior thread had become too unwieldy and out of control. A new year brings with it new analysis of Iraq. Here's the latest Department of Defense report that was delivered to Congress: [link=http://www.defenselink.mil/pubs/pdfs/9010Quarterly-Report-20061216.pdf]HERE[/link] Do US concerns parallel Iraqi concerns? The DOD uses 3 broad performance categories that are then broken down into specific points: 1)Political 2)Economic 3)Security The ongoing problems in Iraq can be traced to the current level of Sectarian violence. With the start of a new year, what path needs to be taken in Iraq and how would it fit within a broader policy?