a middle eastern holyman
with millions of followers
has cast an astrological chart
and determined that their
they send a delegation
who assure you you can remain
but beg you to come and advise them
how to live
a safe and comfortable residence awaits
but priority #1 is your stand on iraq
if you can propose a realistic compromise
your new followers will try to make it so
cool down the powderkeg
recognise that the neocons
from turning others' homelands
into chaotic hells
enflaming long-smothered embers
and recognise the prize
might the Sunnis be appeased with
a just proportion of the oilfields?
could 51% go to Iraqis-as-one-people
and 49% be split among Kurds-Sunnis-Shias?
are there factions within each group
who advocate mutual tolerance
and could such factions be empowered?
could insurgent leaders offer specific terms
to the USA
eg, no IEDs if offensive raids stop?
are GIs unhappy enough
to go on strike
as they see no progress