Iraq: A Most Dangerous Moment

Can the U.S. restore order -- and engineer a credible transition to Iraqi sovereignty? Not without more troops and a craftier strategy

It's high noon in Iraq. The U.S. campaign to spread the seeds of democracy through the Middle East is in serious danger. The recent spate of cease-fires and negotiations barely diminishes the risk that the American-led coalition could once again be plunged into the sort of two-front battle that in early April roiled Iraq in the bloodiest two weeks of fighting since the war began just over a year ago.

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