This is the conclusion of the Economist's article on Iraq: "America’s influence is ebbing noticeably as its troops withdraw. Despite spending $800 billion on Iraq over the past seven years, its plan for the country has still not worked."
And this is Nir Rosen's conclusion: " Seven years after the disastrous American invasion, the greatest irony in Iraq is that, in a way, the neoconservative dream of creating a moderate ally in the region to counterbalance Iran and Saudi Arabia may finally be coming to fruition."
Nir is wrong of course. Wait until US troops leave the country: you will see how many who are in power will be running out of the country for their lives in opening restaurants in foreign capitals.
Nir defended himself by sending an email to the Lebanese American professor who pretends to care about Iraqis: "there is no contradiction between what i wrote and what the economist wrote, at least in those quotes and its unfair to just take that quote from the article and make me look like a neocon supporter."
So there you have it. An American journalist is more supportive of democracy in Iraq than our Arab American "intellectual brothers" who believe the Iraqi government will collapse after US troops withdraw completely.