Restoring a Ba'athist regime in Iraq would solve regional problems.
The shriveling of Islamic State in Iraq and ultimately in Syria will be insufficient to put Iraq on track to national sovereignty, and the sense of its continued dependency on the US will only compound its alienation. Raghad Hussein, Saddam's daughter, recently returned to Iraq on agreement from exile and purportedly has stood for election in parliament. Iraq could again legalize the banned Ba'athist party, use this opportunity to address shortcomings within the former system and rebuild a sovereign Iraq. Her willingness to tout relations with Trump's Administration indicates that a mutual arrangement could be reached. This new Iraq could become a joint partner in a common fight against regional terrorism and provide a fulcrum of stability for a region that has been beset with strife that has ensued since 2003. Without this, or something very like it, the likely alternative will be an increasing US military and political presence in the region, creating a perpetual quagmire that is in the vital interests neither of the US nor the Iraqi people. This process is already under way and intensifying. However, for this to work, the Iraqi people have to be directly involved in the process and the Ba'athist renaissance must be grounded in real autarky and genuine nationalism.