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Senator Chuck Hagel turns the denatured phrase "sectarian conflict" into something real:
There will be no victory or defeat for the United States in Iraq. These
terms do not reflect the reality of what is going to happen there. The
future of Iraq was always going to be determined by the Iraqis -- not
In other words, once Iraqi leaders are more focused on fighting amongst themselves, instead of defeating a motley collection of insurgent groups, there's no "Iraqi government" with whom the United States can deal.