the US has threatened to cut aid to Iraq if the new government includes politicians with a sectarian bias. The US ambassador to Iraq said the US would not continue spending billions of dollars to build up security forces run by people with a sectarian agenda. "American taxpayers expect their money to be spent properly. We are not going to invest the resources of the American people into forces run by people who are sectarian," he said at a rare news conference. Single line quotes mischieviously plucked from here: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/4731474.stm Now, tell me again. We are fighting this war in Iraq for Iraqi democracy, aren't we? We are fighting to help Iraq remain/become sovereign and independant, aren't we? Now I've got it..... Could this be the first hint at a 'cut-and-run' policy justified on the back of an Iraqis not doing as they are told? How is democracy and sovereignty supposed to work if we tell them who is allowed to be elected and take office - and who can't? Looking forward to the neo-con spin on this one.