The last time shit was going down in Iraq... I couldn't keep my mouth shut. Like I said here, my wrongheaded opinions about Iraq disqualify me from sharing my opinions about war generally, and wars in the Middle East particularly, for the rest of my unnatural life. But... um... some shit is going down in Iraq.

Sunni militants extended their control over parts of northern and western Iraq on Wednesday as Iraqi government forces crumbled in disarray. The militants overran the city of Tikrit, seized facilities in the strategic oil refining town of Baiji, and threatened an important Shiite shrine in Samarra as they moved south toward Baghdad. The remarkably rapid advance of the Sunni militants, who on Tuesday seized the northern city of Mosul as Iraqi forces fled or surrendered, reflects the spillover of the Sunni insurgency in Syria and the inability of Iraq’s Shiite-led government to pacify the country after American forces departed in 2011 following eight years of war and occupation.

You guys might have an opinion about it. And most of you were right about Iraq last time. So... the comment thread is yours.