Ask the 8-Ball

in the midst of so much seriousness, my friend Charlie Crain, who runs Bagh Blog, decided that if he couldn’t get out and interview real Iraqi or American officials, “an online Magic 8-Ball would do.”:
It’s a funny interview, not only because it’s entirely made up, but because it’s about as edifying as a real interview with Iraqi or American officials. Example:

Crain: With many Sunni areas overwhelmed by violence or still under de-facto insurgent control, is there a risk that the coming vote will under-represent Sunnis and make the insurgency worse?
Magic 8-ball: Outlook hazy, try again.

And while this was an exercise in amusement, the point remains. The outlook for Iraq is indeed hazy.