To this end, the administration should empower a high-ranking official — be that Ambassador Matthew Tueller at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad or a special representative — to forcefully coordinate U.S. policy, including the work of the Defense, Treasury and Commerce departments and the intelligence community. This is a unique moment, an unexpected opportunity to repair some of the poor outcomes from the U.S. occupation period. The United States should not let the chance slip by.

Change is coming. If Baghdad somehow manages to tamp down these demonstrations, another round is sure to come. Does the United States really want Iraq’s youthful society to remember us as the actor that stood by and supported, at least passively, the ancien regime?

Source: Washington Post