The weird thing about Iraq is that it has no central government – whatsoever.
The official U.S.-sanctioned ‘government’ sits in the Green Zone and has no power. Mostly, these officials travel overseas on our tax money, sometimes to stand next to Bush or Blair and make announcements. At one point this year, the entire Iraqi cabinet was overseas.
Meanwhile, outside the Green Zone, amidst the facts on the ground that people are always talking about, various militias are running various parts of the country. And in those parts they’re running, they devote their time to offing their ethnic rivals in what some call "sectarian violence" and others call "civil war," and what I'd call your basic Middle Eastern government: warlordism.
It would be easy to split this no-central-government country in three – under the Kurds, who’ve run themselves for years now, and whose warlords don’t allow any Arabs in, and under the Sunni and the Shiite warlords (which the Sunnis don’t want to do, because their area has no oil, and they, who ruled Iraq under Saddam, would find themselves fatally impoverished).
So you can divide the country in three, but how do you divide Baghdad? It would be like trying to separate a rabid threesome of snakes on Viagra. In the capital, Sunnis and Shiites live cheek by jowl. Neighborhoods are mixed; unmixed Sunni and Shiite neighborhood sit right next to each other, on both sides of the river. That’s why the killing in Baghdad goes on regardless, openly in daylight on the streets for all to see, as Shiites and Sunnis try to consolidate the neighborhoods they can consolidate.
The ‘government’ of Iraq is not a government like we understand it. If the U.S. pulled out today, the Iraqi ‘government’ would immediately flee overseas, back to where many of its members have come from – expats who returned to their home country when Saddam was overthrown. They returned after being away for 30 years, not knowing a damn thing about their country anymore, in order to batten on the largesse of the U.S. occupation. This, they know how to do – vampire fleas sucking themselves fat as hogs from our tax dollars like they’re guzzling warm blood on tap. We’re not just talking thousands and millions; we’re talking billions as well. These guys are more corrupt than a clusterfuggian cabal of Abramoffs.