From The American Conservative, here's a reality-based assessment of Iran’s nuclear capability. The Western image of a closed society of mullahs dictating every Iranian's thoughts and movements is far from the reality. From NYRB, Max Rodenbeck is an American in Iran; and Michael Massing on as Iraqis see it. "The US got rid of one Saddam and replaced him with 50": An article on the politics of the local in Iraq. Juan Cole on the top 10 myths about Iraq in 2007. Fred Kaplan on six months that could change Iraq: Three post-surge scenarios. A tall order for a Marine: Divining how to treat the ally who tried to kill you in Anbar Province. Some US soldiers have spent so much time in Iraq, it feels like home. An interview with George McGovern on Out of Iraq: A Practical Plan for Withdrawal Now.