<a href=http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/news/story.html?id=034f84d3-a1db-42cf-8e04-d4c81c8b3815&k=79332>General David Petraeus' words</a> regarding the Iraqi insurgency. And this echoes the views of commanders on the ground in Iraq as far back as 2005. He did state that military forces can help improve security on the ground, but in and of themselves are not adequate to the task of quelling the violence. Like it or not, the Bush administration is going to have to pressure the government of Nuri al Maliki to sit down with those members of the insurgency amenable to negotiation, Sunni and Shi'ia alike, and hammer out an agreement that is fair and equitable to all parties. Once this is done, they can then work together to bring to heel those parties which will not accept a government monopoly on the use of force. Politics MUST play as great, if not a greater role in bringing peace to Iraq, and than political solution may not even be the Jeffersonian democracy that inhabits Dubbyuh's fever dreams. Since Iraq is already partitioning itself, a confederation may be the best solution that can be expected, provided that the oil revenues are equitably distributed. Key to it all, however, is the monopoly on the use of force by a central authority, and a political solution is the only way that can be achieved.