Quickly now, the U.S. must arm the Kurdish army, support them with everything we have — and draw a line enclosing the territory occupied by the Kurds — and let them declare a national holiday of independence. Viva la Kurdistan. (This would encompass, roughly, the northern third of Iraq.)
Let Sunni Iraq, and her existing army, retreat to the Sunni controlled portion of old Iraq and cede the Shiite territory, it’s population; to Iran.
If the Saudi’s are willing to support the Sunni’s during this transition, and we support the Kurds, Iran will be strengthened, no doubt, her prize being more territory, but this war might end before WWIII, begins.
The Shiite living in old Iraq will be a thorn in the side of the world for 50 years if we don’t do this. What the hell difference does it make where you draw the line in the middle of a desert? One million Shiite outside of Iran can cause more trouble than 5 million inside Iran. We can’t move the people; lets re-draw the boundary around them. Blame it on the British; it’s their damn fault anyway, really, look it up.
Sorry to be so blunt, but things are out of hand over there, and soon, it will be worse, much worse, if we don’t create the amazing thing Kurdistan will be, for the region, and for world stability.
If you still think I’m crazy, look this up; this was Joe Biden’s plan for the region before he joined team Obama. Not sure that helps my case really, but at least it’s a decision, and I think a great one for the U.S., which it what the President should be worried about.