If an open-source counterinsurgency is the only strategic option left, it is a depressing one. The militias will probably create a situation of controlled chaos that will allow the administration to claim victory and exit the country. They will, however, exact a horrible toll on Iraq and may persist for decades. This is a far cry from spreading democracy in the Middle East.Today, 2 years on, stability remains as elusive as ever. As the Russian's demonstrated in Chechnya, will an appointed thug (like Kadyrov, pictured) be the next step?