The U.S. is shackled by the very forces that it liberated.
A compact based on compromise and broad consent could have been a first step in a healing process. Instead it is proving yet another step in a process of depressing decline.
a case study of pinning too much hope on an electoral process without doing so much of the other work.
The main danger is that the constitution ratifies and exacerbates the sectarian divisions within the country, ... Both the process through which it was done and the content are deepening the divide between Kurds and Shiites on one side and the Sunnis on the other. If the constitution is only approved by only two of the three communities, it will only be a confirmation of Iraq's sectarian and ethnic divisions rather than an attempt to overcome them. This has not advanced the process of reconciliation it has only more likely is a step backward.
There's still time to forge a genuine national compact and promote a national identity, but institutional restraints that so far have prevented a break-up are fast eroding. The main burden is on Iraq's leaders, but they need all the help and pressure the US and others can muster.