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President Barack Obama is right in pushing Iraqi leaders to unite and take action after the fall of Ramadi, the capital of the province of Anbar, last weekend. But he needs to mobilize the efforts of his own administration so that one person drives the military and political strategy of the United States against ISIS.Political strife in Iraq led to the debacle in Ramadi. The Shiite-dominated government wouldn't supply weapons or training to embattled Sunnis in Anbar province, and the mistrustful Sunnis quarreled among themselves and refused aid from Shiite popular militias that might have saved Ramadi. They need to gather forces behind sensible leaders who happen to have clout in Baghdad, starting with parliament Speaker Salim al-Jibouri. And they need to recognize that Ramadi, Mosul and other Sunni provincial capitals won't be liberated without help from the military and popular militias that are commanded by Abadi's government and backed by Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, Iraq's Shiite religious leader in Najaf. As for deconflicting the Washington interagency mess: Obama has tried to straddle this one.
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