Six minutes and five facts about the possible partition of Iraq:

1. You Have to Deal with the Military Challenge First: “If you cannot check the insurgency on the battlefield, all political maneuvers are irrelevant.”

2. There is No National Government That Will Save the Situation in the Short-Term: “THere is no single figure or group of figures who will command respect among all communities.”

3. You Might Begin With Consensus in Baghdad: “If you are going to try to hold a Government, you start with the capital.”

4. Reach Out to the Regions and Communities

5. If You Do Not Deal With Points 1-4, What Comes Next is the Fragmentation of Iraq: “Not partition, because you will not have a clean partition.”