Dick Cheney's "final solution" for Iraq (also: Muqtada madness!)

So, Dick Cheney is reportedly pushing for the U.S. to side with Iraq's Shiites to a much greater degree than we already have and give up on any squishy attempts to reach out to the Sunni minority [ht: Steve Benen]. Some are calling it the "80 percent solution" -- Shiites and Kurds are believed to make up about 80 percent of the Iraqi population.

That probably has something to do with Cheney being summoned to meet with the Saudis earlier this month, and perhaps with the sudden departure of Saudi Arabia's ambassador to the U.S. this week.

For the likes of Cheney, the idea has some obvious appeal. Join the Shiites in wiping out a good chunk of the Sunni population, and you take the wind out of the Sunni insurgency and also lose the major Shiites parties' justification for their militias.

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