Clearly behind the scenes, when the Americans put pressure on Iraqis, they’re telling them to work with each other. Even the Republicans say that, that in order for Iraq to have a chance of working, each of the factions must compromise. But here’s the disconnect. Here at home, the Republicans completely disenfranchise the Democrats and people who vote for Democrats. Every bit of disagreement is cast as cowardice or disloyalty. Most of us aren’t going to become Republicans. So how can we expect the Iraqis to do what we ourselves don’t? The answer — it’s unreasonable to expect them to.