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Iraq: the unraveling (V)

Today I ran into an expert on Iraq who argued that I am being too optimistic, that a civil war is inevitable. He agreed that American troops are the glue holding the place together, but said that the American people will demand they be withdrawn, no matter what the possible consequences.    Tim Boyle/Getty Images

By , a former contributing editor to Foreign Policy.
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Today I ran into an expert on Iraq who argued that I am being too optimistic, that a civil war is inevitable. He agreed that American troops are the glue holding the place together, but said that the American people will demand they be withdrawn, no matter what the possible consequences.   

Tim Boyle/Getty Images

Thomas E. Ricks is a former contributing editor to Foreign Policy. Twitter: @tomricks1

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