An interesting article on shifting US tactics in the Iraq war. US tries to loosen Shiite grip in Iraq
I find the last paragraph particularly interesting:
In the past, the US tended to refer to Iraq's armed groups as holdouts and terrorists. Now, that rhetoric is changing. After meeting with US officials and officers in Baghdad, columnist Roger Cohen concluded in The New York Times that the Iraqi resistance is "composed for the most part of people who want jobs and a stake in the new Iraq."
In the past, it was the oppression and marginalization of Shiites lamented by columnists such as Mr. Cohen. Not so today.
Today's businesses require supply chain to "adjust as conditions and business goals shift". Out goes Zarqawi, and in comes the Iran.