Pretty exciting development about the Iraqis reaching an agreement on a Constitution. Of course, last week we were hearing the pundits talk about the possibility of civil war. I wish I could get some work as a professional naysayer.

Here’s an interesting read about the failure of al Qaeda in Iraq. (Guess it depends on how you look at it.) Buried inside is this truly amazing revelation — Grand Ayatollah Ali Al Sistani has issued a fatwa against using the words “kurd,” “sunni” or “shia.” Instead, he wants everyone to call each other “Iraqi.” I’m all for free speech, but this seems like a very big shift coming from the most important religious leader in Iraq. His edict repudiates the al Qaeda strategy to incite ethnic strife in Iraq.