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Obama to Maliki: You Broke Iraq, Now Fix It

Time is rolling backward in Iraq. The stability achieved in 2007 after the surge of U.S. forces is gone. With bloodshed spreading throughout the country, claiming 7,000 lives so far this year, Iraq appears to be heading once again toward all-out civil war.

Given this violence, and the enormous investment the U.S. has made in Iraq’s future, President Barack Obama has to be forceful with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki when they meet at the White House tomorrow: More weapons, as Maliki has asked for, will not help end the slaughter. The imperative is for Maliki, a Shiite, to share power with Iraq’s Sunni minority.