While flags, fags and rags are dominating the news cycle, some actual progress may be in the making in Iraq. Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's reconciliation plan has been given major support from a prominent Sunni group. This is an interesting development, and one that could signal an Iraqi solution to the Iraq Problem. Of course, demagogues in the Congress are already jumping on it as being an insult to the US and the Armed Forces, which again, smacks of political gamesmanship.
All wars ends with some of the belligerents going their own way and melting back into the populace. al-Maliki's proposal should be taken seriously, it seems, especially by those who have been screeching for a negotiated end to the war.
Meanwhile, there is more rumbling about timetables, even after the full Congress rejected the idea. It's looking as if the only factions unable to come to some reconciliation are the Democrats and Republicans in the US.