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It seems clear to me that there are a large number of risk takers in the world who are chafing at the bit to get a chance to make some serious coin in Iraq.

Only time will tell, and if Mike is correct on one thing it is that time has passed without a whole lot of change. It is a gamble, to be sure, but it has a lot of advocates around the world.

Unfortunately, as ISIS shows us, there are also those on the other side as well. Nothing has changed in terms of the plan, as I see it.  What has changed is time and events.

Had ISIS not exploded I personally think the float would have started some time ago. Add to that $40 oil prices and the situation is exacerbated to the point of a financial crisis for the country.

What amazes me, and stimulates me, is the tenacity of the CBI in the face of these obstacles (not to mention corruption, Maliki, Parliament’s inaction, etc.).  In the fact of all of this the CBI holds firm to its planned goals.